NEW DELHI - India will soon ink defence deals worth around Rs 25,000 crore with Russia, including two mega ones for 42 more Sukhoi-30MKI fighters and 59 additional Mi-17 V5 armed helicopters. This will reassert Russia’s position as India’s largest arms supplier despite Israel, France and US now snapping at its heels.

But the expected inking of the final design contract for the joint development of a futuristic stealth fifth-generation fighter will not take place during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit here on Monday since it is yet to be fully ironed out.