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Thursday, October 22, 2009

RF, India to begin 5th generation fighter R&D by yearend-Def Min.

MOSCOW, October 17 (Itar-Tass) - Russia and India have agreed to draft in the near future a mutually acceptable decision on upgrading the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser The Admiral Gorshkov for the Indian Navy, as follows from an agreement that was was reached in the course of the 9th session of the Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation, co-chaired by the two countries' defense ministers.
"The commission also came to an agreement to solve all technical issues concerning research and development of an advanced fifth-generation multipurpose jet fighter and launch practical work along these lines by the yearend," an official of the Russian Defense Ministry's press service told Tass.
"The parties are also ready to cooperate in the sphere of joint development of helicopters and an advanced armoured personnel vehicle.
Participants in the session showed interest in upgrading MiG-27 and Su30MKI fighters, T-72M1, T-90S main battle tanks and personnel armored vehicles BMP-2 for the Indian Armed Forces," the official said.
The commission noted the success in cooperation within the framework of the Russian-Indian organization BrahMos. "The anti-sheep missile system developed by BrahMos has been authorized for service in India and its batch production has been launched," the official said.
Russian Defense Minister Anatoli Serdyukov and his Indian counterpart Arakkakarambil Kurian Antony signed a final protocol setting guidelines for bilateral military cooperation and ways of fulfilling current projects. (Itar-Tass)

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