Ok, so the Russkies are here. Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov arrived yesterday for the eighth India-Russia Intergovernmental Committee on Military-Technical Cooperation that will happen from 11AM-11.55AM today. Wonder what they’ll actually get to iron out in 55 minutes. The Gorshkov deal will come up at the meeting, though no formal agreement on price will be made at this sitting. A price will be mutually fixed only over the next couple of months, apparently. Other reports indicate the multirole transport aircraft (MRTA) protocol could be converted into a formal joint venture between HAL and Ilyushin, and the 80 Mi-17-IVA deal could be concluded. Other issues on the agenda include the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), and sundry grouses — the T-90 technology transfer issue and midway cost escalations.
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