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    RUSSIA IS PREPARED TO BOOST TANK DELIVERIES TO INDIA

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    NEW DELHI, January 20, 2004 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov said at a news conference in New Delhi that Russia may deliver additional batches of T-90S tanks to India, if the latter wished so.

    He also said he had held talks with his Indian counterpart, George Fernandes, discussing possible deliveries of Russian-made Tu-22 non-strategic naval bombers to India.

    In comments on future contracts, Mr Ivanov stressed that military-technological co-operation was a sensitive area and declined to name the cost of future contracts.

    "As you know, the weaponry is supplied for more than one or even five years, and will, therefore, have to be updated," added the minister.

    He meant, above all, Su-30MKI and MiG-29 planes. "They will be operable for a rather long time and the delivery contracts, therefore, contain an update provision. Options are, therefore, a possible prospect," said Mr Ivanov.

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