Serdyukov attends Russian-Indian Military-Technical Cooperation Commission meeting [updated]

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov takes part in the 12th meeting of the Russian-Indian Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation, ministerial press secretary Irina Kovalchuk said.

"The main items on the agenda are the repairs and modernization of the Admiral Gorshkov heavy aircraft carrying cruiser, the construction of frigates for the Indian Navy, India's licensed production of Sukhoi Su-30MKI jets and T-90S tanks, joint design of a multi-role fighter jet and a multi-role transport aircraft, deliveries of Mil Mi-17V-5 helicopters and the BrahMos project," she said.

"The sides will consider interaction in the modernization of planes and helicopters of the Indian Air Force and infantry combat vehicles and tanks of the Indian Army, after-sale maintenance of Russian hardware, and naval and air defense systems," Kovalchuk said.

Russia will start the serial export production of its fifth-generation fighter known as FGFA (Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft, a derivative project from the PAK FA, or the Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) in 2020, Serdyukov said at the meeting.

"As for the development of the fifth-generation fighter, a lot of organizational issues have been resolved. The characteristics of the plane's export version appearance have been agreed upon, and our ministries have endorsed the request for proposal. We plan to start this fighter's serial production by 2020," Serdyukov said.

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