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MOSCOW, October 10 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Minister of Defence Anatoly Serdyukov has left for India by air on Wednesday for a visit. He is to attend the 12th session of the Russia-India intergovernmental commission on technical military cooperation (TMC).
Irina Kovalchuk, press secreatry of the Minister, has told Itar-Tass, "Main cooperation-related matters that are being brought up for discussion at the session are the repair and reequipment of the heavy air-capable cruiser Admiral Gorshkov and the construction of frigates for the Indian Navy, licensed productiom in India of Su-30MKI aircraft and T-90S tanks, co-development of an advanced multifunctional jetfighter and a versatile transportation plane, the deliveries of Mi-17V-5 helicopters, and the implementation of the BrahMos project."
"It is planned to discuss prospects flor interaction concerning the modernization of aircraft and helicopters of the Air Force of India, infantry combat vehicles and tanks, post-sale servicing of the Russian-made hardware, as well as interaction in areas concerning naval technology and air defence systems," Kovalchuk went on to say.
During the session, Kovalvchuk said, the sides will sum up the results of joint activities in the TMC sphere in the past year and outline first priority tasks aimed at further developing interaction in this field. As a result of the seesion it is planned to sign a relevant protocol. "During the talks, the sides will also discuss the state of and prospectts for Russia-India military cooperation," the Defence Minister's press secretary said.