Brasilia: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff plans to travel to India next week for a summit of emerging nations, where she hopes to discuss defense and bilateral trade with Indian leaders, Brazilian officials have said.

The summit would be a meeting of BRICS, a grouping of emerging economies that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Brazil's foreign ministry said Rousseff plans to participate in talks aimed at boosting cooperation among the five countries.

Brazil, India and South Africa have been lobbying to turn their growing economic clout into greater diplomatic influence by securing permanent seats on the UN Security Council.

One topic on the agenda for Rousseff's March 29 visit to New Delhi is the French Rafale fighter jet, which India has selected for its air force and which Brasilia is considering purchasing.

"The exchange of ideas, impressions" on the Rafale "is certainly beneficial for us," Maria Edileuza Fonteneles Reis, a senior foreign ministry official, told reporters.

"India and Brazil plan to modernize their fighter aircraft fleet and build nuclear-powered submarines," Reis said.

Rousseff also plans to commit boosting bilateral trade between Brazil and India from USD 9.2 billion last year to USD 15 billion by 2015, she said.

For its air force, Brazil is expected to choose between the Rafale, made by French firm Dassault; the F/A-18 Super Hornet, manufactured by US aviation giant Boeing; and Swedish manufacturer Saab's Gripen jet.

The contract for 36 aircraft is valued between USD 4 billion and USD 7 billion.

(Agencies)