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India, Russia discussing developing 5th generation fighter
December 22, 2005 18:56 IST
The government Thursday said it was in discussion with Russia for joint develpoment and manufacture of fifth generation fighter aircraft. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Union Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Russia had proposed joint develpoment and manufacture of fifth generation fighter aircraft. "Talks have been held between India and Russia in this regard.
"Both countries are holding discussions with a view to finalising a framework agreement on defence cooperation," he said. On the issue of an agreement with China for military exercises in the Indian Ocean, Mukherjee said India had not signed any such pact.
Replying to another question, he said Defence Research and Development Organisation has completed preliminary designs of various subsystems for develpoing the indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control system costing Rs 1,800 crore, which was sanctioned in October 2004. "AEW&C is likely to be developed by April 2011," he added.
About the installation or induction of indigenously developed Towed Array Sonar Nagan System, he said technical trials of the system had been completed onboard front line ship of Indian Navy.