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Soviet arms official visits India; MIG sale in offing

Deputy Soviet Defense Minister Pavel Kutakhov arrived in India Monday to start a tour of defense installations amid press reports of a possible sale of new Soviet combat aircraft to the subcontinent.

General Kutakhov, commander in chief of the Air Force, will meet with senior Indian officials during his five-day visit and will tour defense installations at the invitation of the Indian Air Force chief of staff, Air Chief Marshal Dilbagh Singh.

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The Indian Air Force has equipped several of its squadrons with Soviet fighter aircraft. Indian press reports have said a new Soviet combat aircraft, the MIG-31, has been offered for sale to India.

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