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India, Russia to sign major agreements on defense cooperation

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Jan 20, IRNA
India-Russia-Defence Cooperation
India and Russia are likely to sign a number of major agreements on defense cooperation during the forthcoming visit of President Vladimir Putin to India.

They include the purchase of advanced version of T-90 tanks and more stealth frigates and Sukhoi-30 jets.

The two countries are also likely to ink a deal for a joint venture to build a multirole transport aircraft and further discuss Moscow's offer to New Delhi to invest in the joint development of a fifth generation fighter, said an All India Radio (AIR) report here Saturday.

Decks will be cleared for these deals at the coming meeting of the inter-governmental commission on military technical cooperation scheduled to be held in New Delhi on January 24.

The meeting will be co-chaired by Russia's Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov and his Indian counterpart A.K. Antony.

The Cabinet Committee on Security has cleared a deal to purchase on additional 30 to 40 Su-30 MKI jets.

It has also given its nod to sign an agreement with Russia for manufacture of RD-33 series of engines for the MIG-29 fighter aircraft.

The engines will be manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited under license from the Russian government.

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