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    IN THE COURSE OF DEFEXPO INDIA REPRESENTATIVES OF RUSSIA AND INDIA TO DISCUSS NEW MILITARY-TO-CIVILIAN CONVERSION PROGRAMMES

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    MOSCOW, February 4, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Olga Semyonova) -- In the course of the Defexpo India-2004 exhibition of arms, which is to be held in India's capital from February 4 to 7, the representatives of Russia and India will discuss new military-to-civilian conversion programmes.

    "Considering that enterprises of the defence industry both in Russia and India form the basis of the high-tech complex of the economy, cooperation between them also in the field of military-to-civilian conversion programmes has latterly begun to be established," a Rosoboronexport representative said.

    Rosoboronexport is the organizer of the Russian show at the exhibition, and is the only state mediator in the sphere of military-technical cooperation with foreign partners.

    According to the agency's source, many Russian enterprises which are well-known in India as producers of the world's best armaments and military hardware are already actively present on the world markets with their dual-purpose and civilian products.

    For instance, the Uralvagonzavod association, which has been successfully implementing the contract for supplying T-90S combat tanks to India's land forces, offers to supply a whole spectrum of road-building machines of various purposes, freight cars and tank cars for trunk railways, and container-tanks for carrying liquefied gas onto the world market.

    The Kurganmashzavod enterprise - the producer of the famous series of armoured vehicles (BMP-1, BMP-2 and BMP-3) - has developed the TM-120 amphibious tracked cross-country vehicles, the ML-107 skidding machines, wheel minitractors, communal machines, and other civilian hardware.

    The Rosoboronexport representative stressed that "all this makes the Rosoboronexport personnel confident that Russia's participation in the regular exhibition in New Delhi will become an important stage in the expansion of Russia's military-technical cooperation with India and other countries in the area."

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