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Gen-5 fighters, missiles on Modi's Moscow agenda

The S-400 Triumf mobile air defence missile that India seeks to buy from Russia

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A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia's Defence Ministry, shows a Russian S-400 defense missile system deployed at Hmeymim airbase in Syria. Photo: Reuters

Why is Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Russia on what much of the world considers Christmas Eve? Because it will not be Christmas in Russia until January 7, according to the Gregorian calendar, when Orthodox Christians - Russia's majority - celebrate Christmas. Nor will Modi be mistaken for Santa Claus with a stocking filled with defence orders. India is no longer handing Moscow the meaty contracts that, from 1970-2000, met 70 per cent of India's military equipment requirements. Even so, there could be significant announcements about India's purchase of Kamov-226T ...