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India set to review defence ties with Russia

Sep 29, 2008 04:09 PM IST India India

New Delhi: India is set to review its defence ties with traditional partner Russia in New Delhi on Monday. A mega-deal for the purchase of an additional 29 Russian-made MiG-29Ks for the Indian Navy is on the cards.

The Defence Ministers of India and Russia will jointly chair a meeting after which the multi-billion dollar deal for the MiGs is likely to be signed.

An earlier contract provides for the purchase of 16 MiG-29 Ks along with the aircraft carrier, Admiral Gorshkov.

The meeting is also expected to address several irritants. These include the Russian demand to double the price of refitting the aircraft carrier.

The manufacture of the T-90 tank in India has also hit a hurdle because of the Russian refusal to part with key technologies.

Progress is also likely to be made on the joint development of the fifth generation fighter aircraft and a multi-role transport aircraft.

"It was pointed out that the scope of repair and refit has increased and as a result there were some cost esclations. Regarding that there were discussions between the two sides for the last few months. The Russian side has given its proposals and we will examine them. I hope we will be able to send the proposals soon to the appropriate committe of the Cabinet to take a final decision," said A K Antony.