Decks cleared for Indo-Russian production of fighter aircraft

Decks were today cleared for India to jointly develop and produce the fifth generation figher aircraft with Russia, with New Delhi making the “final choice” on the matter and Moscow saying the work on signing contracts on the deal could begin soon.

Observing that Russia had started developing the warplane about three years ago, visiting Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Sergei B Ivanov said “some time back, India showed interest in joining this project. It took them (India) some time to scrutinise the various options.

“Now, India has informed us that a final choice has been made. …. We can (now) open up contractual work for Indian accession to the project”, Ivanov told reporters at a joint press conference with his Indian counterpart A K Antony after signing four documents.

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