Russia and India have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in various fields including national security, nuclear energy and trade.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed agreements in these areas in New Delhi on Tuesday. The 2 countries agreed to start a design project for fifth generation fighter jets with the stealth capability of evading radar detection.
India, since the Soviet Union days, has been a large buyer of Russian arms, which are now becoming outdated.
India appears to be trying to boost its defense power and develop its high-tech industries through the joint arms development project with Russia.
The 2 leaders also agreed to more than double their bilateral trade to 20 billion dollars by 2015, and to deepen cooperation in research and development in the field of nuclear energy.
Medvedev said after the meeting that the latest agreements will increase and advance the long-standing ties between the 2 countries.