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DATE=11/6/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA RUSSIA DEFENSE (S-ONLY) NUMBER=2-255886 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: India and Russia have signed a wide-ranging defense cooperation agreement -- pledging to jointly manufacture combat jets and submarines. The pact also calls for Russia to sell an aircraft carrier to India as well as early warning airborne systems and strategic bombers. V-O-A's Jim Teeple reports from our New Delhi Bureau India's new government has pledged to increase defense spending, following this year's conflict in the Kargil region of Kashmir. TEXT: The agreement was signed during a visit to New Delhi by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov who says defense ties will be further strengthened during a planned visit to New Delhi next year by Russian President Boris Yeltsin. The agreement allows for joint production of S-U-30 fighter-bomber jets beginning next year. India will also buy the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier from the Russian Navy. Currently India operates only one carrier -- the British made Viraat. Russia and India also discussed licensing production of Russian kilo-class submarines and an overhaul of India's existing submarine fleet. (Signed) neb/jlt / wd 06-Nov-1999 03:57 AM EDT (06-Nov-1999 0857 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .