India soon to buy advanced fighters from Russia

Written by: Mamatha
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AK Antony
New Delhi, Oct 8 : A K Antony, Defence Minister, said, with in the next 10 years, India will buy about 300 advanced fighter jets and 45 transport planes from Russia.

Addressing conference on Thursday, Oct 7, along with Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, Antony said, "India and Russia would also finalise the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) deal which would be worth about 30 billion US dollars."

"We have discussed and solved all the issues, and now the deal is in the final of the Indian government. Some technical formalities between the governments is needed and I am sure we will be able to complete it very soon," Antony said.

"As per this agreement, India will receive approximately between 250-300 most modern FGFA. These two projects are the major achievements of 2010, and for the next ten years," he added.

The Russian delegation included representatives from the Russian Ministry of Defence and the Russian Defence Industry.

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