Topic: Russia-India partnership
Russia's United Aircraft Corporation is in talks with Indian firms on production of the Antonov An-148 regional airliner in India in its passenger and cargo versions, UAC President Alexei Fyodorov said on Monday.
"The majority of Russian-Indian cooperation projects concern military aviation, however, it is time to cooperate in the field of civil aviation," Fyodorov told a Russian-Indian trade and investments forum.
India has been cooperating with Russia, and previously the Soviet Union in military aviation for decades. India currently produces the Su-30MKI Flanker-H multi-purpose fighters under a Russian licence.
In September, Rosoboronexport, Russia's state-owned arms seller, and state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd signed an agreement to set up a joint venture to produce a Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA).
UAC offered HAL cooperation in civil aviation two years ago, but HAL declined as its involvement with military orders left it with no spare capacity.
NEW DELHI, December 20 (RIA Novosti)
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