Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to sign a deal on joint production with Russia of a new multi-purpose transport plane during a visit to Moscow next month, Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.
During the December 4 to 6 visit, 'there will be the signing of an agreement on joint production of a multi-purpose transport plane,' Interfax news agency quoted Mukherjee as saying at a meeting in Moscow.
Russia and India have already agreed to jointly produce BrahMos anti-ship missiles and have discussed potential cooperation in the construction of fighter jets.
Russia provides around 70 pct of India's arms imports.
Singh could also sign an agreement with Russia over intellectual property rights, which Moscow has insisted on as defence industry cooperation between the two countries mounts.
'An agreement on the protection of intellectual property rights agreed by us could be signed,' Mukherjee was quoted as saying at a meeting of the Indian-Russian committee for military cooperation.