President APJ Abdul Kalam on Monday discussed with Russian officials the possibility of collaboration in the production of fifth generation Sukhoi fighter aircraft and in the design and manufacture of a civilian aircraft.
Kalam discussed the matter with officials at the Sukhoi Design Bureau when he visited the facility on the outskirts of the city.
The model of collaboration, according to officials, would be the same as the one followed in the joint venture BrahMos missile project between India and Russia.
"Both sides will bring in their core competencies, technology and, of course, money," a senior Indian official said.
The official said that after the discussions at the Sukhoi Design Bureau, the matter is expected to figure during Kalam's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
Kalam is in Russia as part of a fortnight-long, four-nation European tour.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) already boasts of the Russian built Sukhoi-30 and the indigenously built Sukhoi-30MKI.
The Sukhoi-30MKI is being produced under a Rs 300 billion programme for licensed manufacture, with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) executing a major part, valued at Rs 220 billion.
Under the project, HAL's Nashik Division will produce 140 Sukhoi-30 aircraft over 13 years (until 2018) with the indigenous content increasing progressively in phases.