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Russia to take part in tender for 400 fighter jets for India

India’s Air Force currently has Russia’s MiG-29 fighter aircraft with different modified versions

BANGALORE (India), February 15. /TASS/. Russia plans to take part in a tender for the deliveries of 400 fighter jets to India’s Air Force, Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Vladimir Drozhzhov said.

"We will certainly participate in a tender with MiG and Su," Drozhzhov said at the Aero India 2017 exhibition in Bangalore on Wednesday.

India’s Air Force has Russia’s MiG-29 fighter aircraft with different modified versions and there are also plans to open a service center for their maintenance in the country’s territory.

In 2007, Russia and India signed an agreement on joint design of the Fifth Generation Fighting Aircraft (FGFA). The initial customer will be the Indian Air Force and in future it will be supplied to third countries.

Delivery of S-400 antiaircraft missile systems

Drozhzhov noted that the delivery of Russia’s S-400 Triumf long-range antiaircraft missile systems to India is not expected this year.

"We will sign the contract and shortly after there will be an answer when we will supply it. I think that probably it won’t take place in 2017," Drozhzhov said.

An inter-governmental agreement on the delivery of S-400 Triumf long-range air defense missile systems to India was signed in October 2016.

China became the first foreign buyer of Russia’s S-400 antiaircraft missile systems. The sides announced about the signing of the contract in the spring of 2015. According to media reports, the deal was worth about $3 billion.