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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

India May Buy Carrier

LONDON -- Russia is close to signing a contract with India for the sale of the aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov, Jane's Defense Weekly said Tuesday.

A high-ranking Indian navy delegation visited the headquarters of Russia's Northern Fleet and inspected the carrier and a final decision by New Delhi is expected soon, the respected military magazine quoted a Russian Defense Ministry source as saying.

Built in 1987, the 44,500-ton carrier was withdrawn from service in 1995.

Jane's said recent Russian naval sales to India, estimated at about $1 billion, include two submarines and three frigates armed with anti-ship missiles.