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Indo-Russian meeting for next-gen aircraft
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
A crucial meeting with a team of Russian Defence officials started today in the capital to secure technology for the next- generation fighter aircraft, more number indigenous tanks and joint ship building.

The meeting, that commenced today, will discuss the possibility of Russians transferring design data for the fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), said a defence official who did not wish to be quoted.

India like other countries is looking to acquire next-generation fighters. In October 2007, the two countries had signed an agreement to co-develop the FGFA.

It will be on an entirely new platform, with many additional features, stealth being an important one. India will be pressing that the aircraft is manufactured in India so that technology is transferred.

The Russian and Indian teams will be discussing the modalities of carrying out licensed production of T-90 tanks. One of the issues is transfer of technology and some understanding is expected to be arrived at, said the official.

This was the meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission's working group. Additional secretary (defence production) Ajay Acharya chaired the meeting, which was attended by his Russian counterpart, Igor Karavaev of the department of defence industries.

Another aspect to be discussed will be the licensed manufacturing of Sukhoi-30 MKI by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The countries have already signed an agreement for the transfer of technology and licensed production of 140 SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft, engines and airborne equipment by HAL.

The agreement also provides for setting up repair and overhaul facilities. The Russian team will also be asked to address the problems that have cropped up during the indigenous production of the Konkur-M anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM).



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