to persuade New Delhi no; to purchase sovietcrafi ami oviet offer toactory in India for construction of Soviet-typeeynd rr.ili'ary at.'thori'.ics continueto Indian depender.ee on the USSR for spare parts, instructors, and technicians.
India, which already manufactures British Vampire jet fighters untier contract, is in thestages ofritainlant to construct Gnat jet fighters and is discussing the purchase of Canberra jet bombers. Since Britain now seems willing toigher priority than previously aid and deliveries to India, New Delhi is unlikely to purchase or manufacture Soviet fight ers. The picture regarding bombers is less clear, but ap-pears to favor Britain rather thin theoncurred in by ORR)
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