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Russia, India create joint venture to produce transport aircraft

RIA Novosti

12:43 08/10/2010

MOSCOW, October 8 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and India have signed an agreement on the creation of a joint venture to develop and manufacture a multifunctional transport aircraft, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.

The deal was signed in New Delhi on Thursday during the 10th meeting of the Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation, spokeswoman Irina Kovalchyuk said.

"During the commission's meeting in New Delhi, the sides agreed to complete its [the JV's] formation in the nearest future and to begin practical development of the aircraft," she said.

India and Russia agreed in September to set up a joint venture to manufacture a military transport plane.

Russia and India signed an intergovernmental agreement on the joint development and production of a medium transport aircraft (MTA) in 2007.

The first MTA is expected to make its maiden flight in 2016-18.

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