New Delhi: The government has decided to set
up a National Defence University in Haryana at an estimated
cost of Rs 395 crore, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
The acquisition of land, creation of infrastructure and
development of the University is likely to be completed in a
period of seven years, Minister of Defence A K Antony said in
a written reply.
To an another question, Antony said a team of Indian
specialists comprising officers, sailors and civilians have
been deputed to Russia as part of overseeing team who are
constantly monitoring the progress of work onboard the
`Admiral Gorshkov` which is planned for delivery in December
"Additionally, the refit work is being monitored through
regular project reviews at the shipyard by sending composite
delegation," Antony said.
He said a contract for acquisition of additional 29 MiG
29K aircraft from Russia has been signed on March 8 this year
under the Option Clause of the existing contract of January
2004 for acquisition of 16 MiG 29K aircraft.
He said the deliveries of the aircraft are expected to be
made from 2012 to 2016.
In response to another question on the number of unmanned
aerial vehicles crashes in 2008-09 till date, Antony said,
"The information cannot be divulged on the Floor of the House
in the interest of National security."