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KOCHI (India), September 23 (Itar-Tass) - India's first naval and shipbuilding exhibition NAMEXPO-2013 opens in the city of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala on Monday. Participants in the show are as follows: Russia, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, the Republic of South Africa, Singapore, the United States, Britain, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
A Russian delegation is led by Alexander Titov, Representative of the Federal Service for Technical Military Cooperation to India. The delegation includes more than 50 specialists from Rosoboroexport, the United Shipbuilding Corporation, the research and production association MARS, the central marine technology design bureau Rubin, and Sudoexport foreign-trade organization.
A Russian delegation source told Itar-Tass, "Considering that Russia can render assistance to India in strengthening its Navy, a decision was taken to take part in the exhibition and send not only a delegation but also an exhibition (to Kerala). We bring advertising folders and technical documentation. Individual companies may bring technology replicas."
Russian delegation analysts believe that participation in NAMEXPO-2013 will make it possible to estimame prospects for its holding in the future and advisability of participation at various levels. "We think that this exhibition will undergo a further development," the source pointed out.
The source said that in Kochi Russia is ready to hold negotiations with couctries concerned but that no documents are to be signed.
Organizers specified that exhibitors from Russian have been provided with a separate pavilion. The Russos-Indian joint-venture enerprise Brahmos Aerospace, which engages in developing supersonic cruise missiles, is the exhibition's partner.
Once in two years, a DEFEXPO exhibition of products of military purpose is held in New Delhi, and an Aero India exhibition of equipment for the Air Force is held in Bangalore. NAMEXPO organizers from among the Confederation of Indian Industry have also expressed confidence that the exhibitionwill be held on a regular basis in the future.