The Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha is on a four-day visit of Brazil in an effort to further strengthen defence ties between India and Brazil.
ACM Arup Raha, who is also the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, will meet the chiefs of the Brazilian army and air force. Meeting with the chief of joint staff of the armed forces and Defence Minister Jose Aldo Rebelo Figueiredo is also part of his agenda.
“The visit is aimed at enhancing the bilateral cooperation between the two countries in defence-related matters,” an official statement said.
“Additionally, there are plans for the two countries to engage with each other on a wide array of issues under the aegis of the BRICS grouping.”
India and Brazil are members of BRICS along with three more emerging economies inlcuding: Russia, China and South Africa.
During his visit, Mr. Raha will visit Embraer Headquarters and the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology in Sao Paulo. He will also visit the Centre for Jungle Warfare Training and the Amazon Military Command Headquarters, where he would observe riverine operations by the Brazilian navy and marines in the Amazon river.
“A visit to the Integrated Air Defence and Air Traffic Control Centre in Manaus is also on the cards. Towards the end of his tour, Air Chief Marshal Raha would be visiting the Superior War College at Rio De Janeiro that is the Brazilian equivalent of India’s National Defence College,” the statement added.