Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold detailed bilateral discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week on a range of issues including cooperation in the areas of defence, security, trade and investment, a day ahead of the BRICS summit in Goa to be held on October 16.
The meeting between the two comes in the backdrop of the the first ever joint Russia-Pakistan military exercise recently.
It also comes at a time when India is undertaking large-scale defence modernisation programme involving replacing old Russian equipment with modern ones from the country itself and from other nations.
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Defence, security, regional issues, besides trade and investment cooperation will be discussed during the bilateral meeting, official sources said.
Some of the most important defence deals currently under discussion are purchase of 5 S-400 ‘Triumf’ long-range air defence missile systems, Kamov-28 helicopters and upgradation of the Sukhoi 30-MKIs.
Another project under focus would be the long pending joint development of the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA).
India is also looking at leasing an Akula-class nuclear submarine from Russia.