Russia has offered India a joint production venture of Russian-Ukrainian commercial aircraft.

A team of visiting Russian aviation industry representatives discussed with officials of the India Commerce Ministry the possibility of launching the proposed production unit in India, Ria Novosti said quoting an unnamed official.

“Russians requested us to help them find a good partner for setting up a manufacturing unit for production of regional jets, including AN-148,” the official said.

AN-148 is a modern regional aircraft designed for passenger, cargo-passenger and cargo transportation on domestic and international routes.

The aircraft was designed by Antonov Aeronautical Scientific and Technical Complex. The aircraft manufacturing is carried out under license at JSC “Voronezh Aircraft Manufacturing Company” (VASO JSC), Voronezh, Russia.

India and Russia share a long standing strategic partnership and the two countries are involved in many military hardware joint ventures.

The two nations on Thursday signed a protocol agreement to jointly design and develop fifth generation fighter aircraft and multi-role transport aircraft.

India as of now is not producing any passenger jets and Western majors have the major market share in long and middle range airplanes in the country.