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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rocket Sale Doubles

Russia has pledged to sell at least four rocket boosters to India, two more than agreed upon in a 1991 contract, Interfax reported.

Interfax quoted Yuri Koptev, general director of the Russian Space Agency, as saying that India would receive the extra boosters as compensation for technical aid that Russia was forced to cancel. The United States had complained that the aid was in violation of the Missile Technology Control Regime, an international treaty designed to prevent the spread of nuclear arms technology.

Koptev said that the delivery of extra boosters would keep the initial value of the contract "virtually intact" at about $220 million, Interfax said. Russia plans to supply the first booster in 1995.