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    Russia and India are exploring the possibility of exporting and cooperatively manufacturing Russian helicopters and other military hardware, Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said Friday.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — The two countries have been working together to develop a Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA.) The defense minister said in July that the project was long past the preliminary stage and estimated India’s total contribution at around $230 million.

    In a written reply to the Indian parliament’s lower house Lok Sabha, the minister informed lawmakers that the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) had authorized in May 2015 the procurement and co-production of Russian helicopters in India.

    "No contract has been concluded in this regard between the two countries," Parrikar indicated. "Other projects under discussion with Russia include tanks, aircraft, ships etc," the letter continued.


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