New Delhi: India is expected to receive Nerpa navy submarines by next month while Russian aircraft carrier Pot Admiral Gorshkov which is being manufactured for the Indian Navy presently would be handed over next year.

Meanwhile, during the annual review of Indo-Russian defence partnership in Moscow, both countries have decided to enhance and strengthen their defence cooperation.

Defence Minister AK Antony, on his Russia visit, signed a protocol to deepen interaction in the development of defence technologies, modernisation of military equipment and joint manufacture of military-purpose products.

Antony is on Moscow visit to attend the 11th session of IRIGC-MTC from October 4 to October 5. After his meeting with Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, both signed an agreement on military cooperation.

According to the Defence Ministry spokesman, the agreement includes increasing consonance between the two nations regarding research institutes, armed forces and government enterprises.

Meanwhile, the Russian Defence Ministry pointed out that the bilateral talks between both the countries highlighted the ample scope left for cooperation in fields related to the modernisation of navy technology, helicopters, missiles and tanks.

Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry hinted at delivery of the Nerpa submarines by next month. It is to be noted that the submarine was to be delivered in 2008 but due to the damages during sea trials, the project could not be realized.

India had made an agreement to acquire this submarine on rent from Russia in 2004. Named ‘Chakra’, the government paid USD 65 crore for its modification to make it suitable for the Indian Navy.

(JPN/Bureau)