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Russia, India to discuss defence ties

Russian defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov and his Indian counterpart AK Antony will discuss military cooperation here on Tuesday.

world Updated: Oct 04, 2011 14:16 IST

Russian defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov and his Indian counterpart AK Antony will discuss military cooperation here on Tuesday.

Antony, who arrived here on an official visit on Monday, will "discuss urgent issues of bilateral relations in the (military) sphere," the Russian defence ministry said in a statement.

The head of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, Anatoly Isaikin, said in September that India remains Russia's largest strategic partner in military-technical cooperation.

He said Russia was taking part in 20 tenders in India, with which it has a military-technical cooperation agreement until 2020.

The cooperation programme stipulates that Russia will transfer the K-152 Nerpa attack submarine to India on a 10-year lease by the end of 2011. The deal was signed in 2004.

Other aspects of cooperation include the delivery of INS Vikramaditya (the former Soviet aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov) to India in December 2012 after an upgrade, and the contract to supply India with 80 Mil Mi-17 Hip-H helicopters, expected to be fulfilled by the end of 2013.