On the 20th of January, 2004, a set of contracts (approximately 12) on Russian
Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier sale to India was signed up at New Delhi by
Defense Ministers of both countries.
The deal between Russia and India involves overhaul and refitting of the
carrier, new state-of-the-art weapon systems, MiG-29K ship borne
Ka-27 and Ka-31 helicopters, and setting-up of littoral facilities to support
Admiral Gorshkov operations.
The Admiral Gorshkov carrier sale to India represents the largest deal between
the two countries in the modern history, strengthening strategic ties and
partnership between New Delhi and Moscow.
The Admiral Gorshkov sale total cost has not been released, but it should be far
more than $1 billion.
In addition, the first T-90S main battle tanks assembled locally at Avadi Armor
Manufacturing plant in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, was rolled out. The T-90S
parts are being supplied by Russian enterprises under a 300 T-90S tanks
procurement program. The first 130 T-90S tanks were assembled by Russian
enterprises and the 170 remaining tanks are due to be assembled locally in
Also disclosed, India and Russia are negotiating a new contract to modernize
Soviet-made T-72 main battle tanks currently in service with the Indian Armed
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