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    RUSSIANS HOLD ABOUT 500 ROUNDS OF NEGOTIATIONS ON MILITARY COOPERATION DURING DEFEXPO INDIA-2004

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    NEW DELHI, February 7 (RIA Novosti correspondent Valery Sevryukov) - During DefExpo India-2004 Russian representatives held about 500 rounds of negotiations with interested parties on military-technical cooperation, including the sphere of dual-purpose products, said Igor Sevastyanov, the head of the Russian delegation.

    Nineteen countries participated in the exposition in New Delhi held on February 4-7. Russia presented one of the largest expositions featuring 34 enterprises.

    According to Sevastyanov, the negotiations, including the talks with the Indian side, focused on the implementation of the existing contracts and elaboration of new projects, for instance, on counter terrorism.

    We are negotiating for the creation of a vehicle for the Indian armed forces using KAMAZ chassis and other elements. Tatra (Czechia) is also involved in this project.

    Possibilities of international military-technical cooperation are being realized within the contract on India's purchase of a Russian heavy aircraft-carrier cruiser. The contract concluded on January 20, 2004 implies the use of western systems for the cruiser's modernization, Sevastyanov noted.

    This is typical of the Russian concept of international cooperation in the military-technical sphere, he stressed. "This is already wider than common purchase and sale business and should be regarded as international cooperation," he said.

    In his words, India's wish to install French thermal imaging equipment on Russian tanks T-90S keeps within this framework. Russia and India signed a contract on their licensed production.

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