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    Russia to start work on joint plan to produce light military choppers in India this year

    Post  Pinto on Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:26 am

    NEW DELHI: Russia is planning to initiate work on a joint plan to produce light military choppers in India this year and has identified the helicopters for export orders as well. Sharing details of a new Indo-Russian joint venture company to produce KA 226 helicopters, a top Russian executive has also indicated that a private Indian company could also be involved in the project and would be chosen by the Indian government.

    The agreement to jointly produce at least 200 of the KA 226
    light choppers in India was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Moscow visit in December and for the first time, the Russian side has shared details of the project with ET.

    Viktor Kladov, Head, International Cooperation of Rostec - Russia's overarching military systems development and export corporation - has said in an exclusive interview that France, which provides the engines for the chopper, is also onboard for technology transfer

    "A number of technical discussions will take place and I hope that before the end of this year, work will start. The chopper utilized the best technologies available globally, including the French engines. We have had negotiations with our French partners and are satisfied are on board," Kladov said, adding that HAL (the Indian JV partner for the contract) is already license producing French chopper engines.

    Rostec is also looking to jointly export military and civilian versions of the chopper from the Indian line after meeting domestic demands. "The joint agreement reads that the line will produce no less than 200 choppers. This means that 200 is a confirmed government order. We will definitely be looking at other civilian orders and international markets as well," the top executive said, adding that the chopper for be used for a variety of roles from search and rescue to medical ambulance and geo mapping

    Kladov also indicated that an Indian private company could also be brought on board for the KA 226 production as there is a provision in the joint agreement. "It is mentioned in the agreement that the Indian side will consist of HAL and another company - we don't exclude that in some part, a private Indian company could be involved. For example, it could be for certain composite elements that can be produced locally," he said.

    Officials in the Indian Defence Ministry have also told ET that one or two partners from the private sector would be considered for the project but would be chosen by the government on technical and financial parameters.

    Russia is also planning a significant presence at the upcoming Defence Expo that is being held in Goa this March. Kladov shared that over 60 Russian companies are to participate at the expo that is taking place outside the capital for the first time and several Russian systems, including tanks and combat vehicles are likely to be displayed

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    Re: RUSSIA - INDIA Military Contracts

    Post  Pinto on Fri Jan 29, 2016 3:10 pm

    Moscow and New Delhi will offer Ka-226T light utility multirole helicopters produced in India, within the framework of a joint venture, for sale on the international markets, the head of the International Cooperation Department of Russian state technology corporation Rostec said Friday.



    On Thursday, Russian Helicopters, which is part of the Rostec umbrella organization, reported that Russia and India had commenced a joint project to produce about 200 Ka-226T helicopters.

    "The joint agreement reads that the line will produce no less than 200 choppers. This means that 200 is a confirmed government order. We will definitely be looking at other civilian orders and international markets as well," Viktor Kladov said as quoted by India's The Economic Times newspaper.

    Kladov added that the helicopters could be used for a wide range of roles, including rescue missions.

    Introduced in 2002, the Ka-226 series of helicopters are designed by the Kamov Design Bureau, part of the Russian Helicopters company. The Ka-226T model is fitted with updated navigation and automatic control equipment, as well as an interchangeable mission pod, which allows for flexible equipment configurations.

    source- http://in.rbth.com/economics/defence/2016/01/29/russia-india-to-sell-jointly-made-ka-226ts-internationally_563353
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    Russian arms exporter refutes reports on losing its positions on Indian arms market More: http://tass.ru/en/defense/853147

    Post  Pinto on Fri Jan 29, 2016 5:46 pm

    India is Russia's privileged partner and Rosobornexport is implementing major defense projects for all types of armed forces in its interests

    MOSCOW, January 29. /TASS/. Media allegations that Russia is rapidly losing its positions on India’s weapons market have nothing to do with the real state of things as military technical cooperation between the two countries is developing steadily, a Russian defense sector company executive said on Friday. Russian-Indian military transport aircraft project frozen — manufacturer Indian military official advises marines to learn Russian

    "Reports that Russia is rapidly losing its positions on the Indian weapons market that have been circulated in a number of mass media outlets have nothing to do with reality," Sergei Goreslavsky, a deputy director general of Russia’s biggest arms trader Rosoboronexport, said. "Military technical cooperation between the two countries is developing steadily. India is our privileged partner and Rosobornexport is successfully implementing major defense projects for all types of armed forces in its interests."

    "Cooperation volumes might be either lower of higher in different years but the projects that are currently being implemented or are in a stage of preparation prove that our joint work, including under the important state program Make in India, is only expanding," he said.

    In an interview with TASS First Deputy Director General Mikhail Gusman in late December 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Russia had been "India’s foremost defense partner through decades, accounting for a majority of our defense equipment." "Even in the current environment, and despite India’s improved access to the world market, Russia remains our principal partner," he stressed.

    Earlier, deputy head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation Anatoly Punchuk said Moscow was not worried over India’s defense cooperation with the United States. He reminded that since 1960 India has bought Soviet-and Russian-made weapons and military hardware to a sum of $60 billon

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    Re: RUSSIA - INDIA Military Contracts

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    Weapons of destruction: Russia remains India’s prime vendor

    Post  Pinto on Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:44 am

    http://in.rbth.com/blogs/stranger_than_fiction/2016/02/09/weapons-of-destruction-russia-remains-indias-prime-vendor_566089



    India is the largest foreign operator of the T-90. Source:AP
    Until a few years ago, Russian weapons manufacturers were the unquestioned rulers of the Indian defence sector. That changed with India’s defence diversification programme. With India looking westwards, a bunch of countries – especially Cold War untouchables US and Israel – started nibbling away at Moscow’s market share.

    But in one key area – offensive weapons platforms – Russia continues to be India’s preferred vendor. This is in stark contrast to the defensive weapons, transport aircraft and communication gear that New Delhi has sourced from western and Israeli companies.

    The Russian philosophy of offensive warfare means the Russian military forces require weapons that can kick in the door early on in a conflict. With Russian weapons you don’t sit around waiting for the enemy to come to your doorstep, but in fact go hunting for the enemy.

    AERIAL WARFARE

    Each time there is an intrusion into its airspace, the IAF scrambles the Sukhoi Su-30MKI ‘Flanker’ for interception. Whether it’s an unidentified aircraft, drone or weather balloon, the Sukhoi is the interceptor of choice vectored towards the intruder.

    Clearly, the IAF doesn’t want to take chances by scrambling the older MiG-21, which being a pure interceptor should be ideal for the task. Nor does it send the multirole – and very capable – French Mirage-2000 for such tasks. Without exception, it’s always the Flanker. With a final figure of 300 or more Sukhois, this wolf of the skies is the best example of a combat aircraft that has captured the imagination of millions of Indians.

    Also in the offensive mode is the MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’, a multirole fighter that provided combat air patrol (CAP) during the 1999 Kargil War. The Fulcrum’s presence on the Indian side of the border ensured that IAF MiG-21, MiG-27 and Mirage-2000 aircraft were able to mount round the clock attacks on Pakistani positions while the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) watched helplessly.



    The PAF’s American made F-16s that ventured close to battle zone fled in haste after being “painted” by the MiG-29’s radar or after the Fulcrum achieved missile lock on the F-16s. Aggressive CAPs by the Fulcrums allowed the IAF to attack with impunity, ensuring a quicker end to the war.

    The F-16 is one of the most successful jets in modern aviation, but its ‘success’ was because it only faced poorly motivated – and small – air forces such as Iraq. When faced with a modern combat jet in the hands of highly professional IAF pilots, the F-16s could only hide, not offer combat. Yet another example of a Russian jet tailored for offensive warfare.

    On the other hand, when it wanted additional strategic transport aircraft, India opted for the American made C-17 Globemaster, becoming its second largest operator, plus six C-130J Hercules transporters for its special forces and the Border Security Force. However, both acquisitions were a quid pro quo for the US removing the ‘pariah’ tag via the Indo-US nuclear deal.

    In fairness, the C-17 can lift 30,000 kg more than India’s IL-76 Ilyushins, although the Russian strategic transport aircraft has a range that’s nearly 1000 km more. The Globemaster’s extra capacity came in handy while ferrying over 4000 Indians from Yemen in April 2015.

    MISSILE WARFARE

    Air defence missiles come under aerial warfare, but their modern iterations are potential game changers and deserve a separate category.

    India’s existing air defence systems are not just outdated but they belong to the middle of the 20th century. For offensive defence, India is now looking at the S-400 Triumf. It belongs to a class of missiles – only possessed by Russia – that have strategic capabilities because of their long range and supersonic speed.


    An S-400 missile based around Delhi can bring down a Pakistan aircraft over Lahore within seconds of launch, thereby complicating the enemy’s operation. The S-400 is a rare example of a missile defence system that can be employed in offensive mode.

    The deal was supposed to go through during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia in December 2015, but seems to have got stuck. The usual suspect is India’s laborious defence acquisition bureaucracy, but it could also be price.

    The India-Russia BrahMos supersonic missile with a range of 290 km is another game changer. Its highly destructive power can ensure quick elimination of well-protected enemy targets such as aircraft pens and communications bunkers. The BrahMos will be the first weapon to be launched in the event of hostilities, which makes it yet another offensive weapon from Russian stables.

    On the other hand, when it comes to purely “area defence”, India is developing surface to air missiles – especially the medium range MRSAM and long range LRSAM – with Israeli help. These missiles are designed to bring down enemy aircraft and missiles between 50 km and 100 km.

    If enemy missiles are able to evade the layer covered by the MRSAM and LRSAM, India’s own Akash SAM will protect battlefield assets within a radius of 40 km. Incidentally, the Akash was perfected with assistance provided by Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya.

    LAND WARFARE


    The Indian Army is overwhelmingly a Russian weapons-based service. It is the largest foreign operator of the T-90, the most lethal and well-protected tank in the world. Its ability to cross defences – once considered impassable – has earned it the sobriquet of the “Flying Tank”. India plans to have up to 1600 of these land leviathans, which form the core of its armour spearheads.

    The army also has hundreds of Russian BMP armoured personal carriers which are part of its strike forces.



    Russia seems to have missed out in India’s artillery sector. Providing heavy fire support for India’s Russian tanks will be western guns. The Bofors 155 howitzers from Sweden performed with devastating accuracy during the Kargil War, but additional guns could not be procured because of kickbacks in the deal worked out by Indian and Swedish Prime Ministers.

    For the next generation of artillery guns too, India has decided to go West, with the US made M177 howitzers to be inducted into India’s new mountain divisions. Future cannons will come from Samsung-Techwin of South Korea.

    Communication systems of the Indian Army are almost totally supplied by American companies.

    NAVAL WARFARE

    The Indian Navy has had a long – and fruitful – partnership with Russian companies for attack vessels. From the flagship aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya – and its complement of MiG-29K fighters – to the fleet of destroyers, frigates and missile boats, the navy relies on Russia. For those not in the loop, Vikramaditya is the largest warship ever built for export.

    It seems nothing has changed since the 1960s when India first acquired the Osa class missile boats. These boats attacked Karachi harbour during the 1971 War, and the city burned for a week. Interestingly, the missile boats were meant for “shore defence” but in an example of Indian ingenuity, the Indian Navy unleashed the Osas in “shore attack” mode.

    INS Vikramaditya. Source:INS Vikramaditya. Source: Sevmash



    As many as 10 of the navy’s 14 submarines – both diesel and nuclear powered – are of Russian origin. During the Kargil War, INS Sindhurakshak – since lost in an accident in port – was lurking off Karachi waiting for the signal to launch its Klub missiles in a reprise of the 1971 War.

    The next generation of offensive vessels – Kilo class diesel submarines, Arihant class n-subs and Talwar class stealth frigates – are also of Russian design or make.

    Again, when it comes to maritime transport, India has chosen Japan’s US-2 amphibious aircraft over the Russian Beriev Be-200 Altair. Although the Beriev is a proven design and is popular worldwide – Portugal, Greece and Israel among other countries have used it for fire fighting – India’s decision seems understandable in the backdrop of growing strategic ties with Japan.

    You get the picture – when it comes to weapons required for offensive warfare, Russia seems to be the obvious and natural choice.

    http://in.rbth.com/economics/defence/2015/10/29/rusia-is-an-all-weather-friend-for-india-parrikar_535281

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    Re: RUSSIA - INDIA Military Contracts

    Post  Austin on Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:20 am

    India in talks for 2nd nuke sub lease: Russian envoy

    http://www.dailypioneer.com/todays-newspaper/india-in-talks-for-2nd-nuke--sub-lease-russian-envoy.html

    In a bid to bolster its Defence and strategic reserves, India is in talks with Russia for buying various military products. Russian Ambassador to India Alexander M Kadakin told The Pioneer that the two sides are actively negotiating on the purchase of S-400 Russian air defence missiles for protection of Indian cities from any possible attacks from outside. Besides, India is negotiating for taking on lease another nuclear submarine from Russia. India is also looking at buying some more MiG 29K fighters for INS Vikramaditya, India’s largest Naval ship and aircraft carrier, bought from Russia, the envoy said.

    Speaking on the eve of Russia’s Diplomats’ Day, Kadakin said India-Russia defence relationship has been on a constant rise over the years. The ambassador added that India-Russia relationship is independent of their relations with other countries, and it remains on a stable and strong footing. “We do not feel jealous when India acquires military hardware from other countries for its strategic needs. India is a superpower in the making and we have worked always with India in military, industry and scientific areas to see it as strong as it is today,” Kadakin said.

    “Please name a country that can lease a nuclear submarine,” he added to underline Russia’s partnership with India. India is one of the six countries in the world apart from Russia, the United States of America, China, the United Kingdom and France to deploy nuclear-powered submarines.


    This is the first time there has been an official confirmation about lease of second nuke submarine even though speculation is rife about India seeking another one from Russia after the success of INS Chakra, the Akula Class submarine that has been on lease from Russia for ten years. “The hull of the submarine is ready but it has to be refurbished as per Indian needs after the talks are concluded,” Kadakin said on the second nuclear submarine.

    INS Chakra was inducted into Indian Navy about four years back. Satisfied with its performance, India is now looking at adding more to its fleet. Already India-made nuke-powered sub INS Arihant is undergoing sea trials. INS Arihant is made with technical support from Russia and India plans to make more such in future.

    Kadakin said an agreement is also being worked out for making spare parts of Sukhoi aircraft in India. Besides, Russia will soon open at least four service centres in India for the Su-30 MKI jets to help resolve the maintenance issues of the plane. As of now Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL) runs the only overhauling facility for the Sukhois in India. India has about 200 Su-30 MKI jets. Kadakin said an agreement for service centre is being finalised and will be announced soon.

    Interestingly, India’s shopping list has a lot of Make in India component in it. “Our Defence relationship is completely in tune with Make in India Sukhoi spare parts will be made in India. Besides, India and Russia have already concluded a deal for Kamov Ka-226 helicopters. Russia will help India produce 200 of these machines through HAL,” Kadakin said.

    Apart from strengthening India’s military capacity, Kadakin said Russia is also working its way with Pakistan to prevent cross border terror attacks on India. “We have tried to influence Pakistan to check trans-border terrorism and have spent a lot of energy in directing its efforts in the right direction. We want Pakistan to play much more proactive role in fighting terrorism,” Kadakin said.

    Allaying Indian concerns on Russia selling four Mi-35 attack helicopters to Pakistan, Kadakin said Russia will not do even “one milimetre of action” that is detrimental to its “old and strategic partnership” with India. “There should be no worries for India. India has received 151 of Mi-17 helicopters and will be producing several more,” the envoy said.
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    Re: RUSSIA - INDIA Military Contracts

    Post  George1 on Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:22 am

    Russian Helicopters plans to sign a contract with India for the delivery of an additional batch of 48 Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters in 2016, the company’s deputy director general said Tuesday.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20160216/1034825316/russia-india-deal-helicopters-delivery-2016.html#ixzz40JyYUuPd


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    Re: RUSSIA - INDIA Military Contracts

    Post  Pinto on Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:51 pm

    Mi-17V-5 is the highly successful heliccopter both with IAF and Indian army
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    Re: RUSSIA - INDIA Military Contracts

    Post  Pinto on Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:24 pm

    NEW DELHI: Russian arms supplier Rosoboronexport has submitted a commercial proposal to the Defence Ministry for the army's plan to procure 48 additional Mi-17V-5 helicopters and a formal contract is expected to be signed by this year end.

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    Rostec State Corporation, parent company of Rosoboronexport, said it expects to close a new contract for 48 units of the helicopters for the Indian armed forces soon.

    "A commercial proposal has been presented to the Indian side earlier this February and after the commercial terms are agreed upon, a firm order is expected to be received this year," it said in a statement.

    In 2008-2015, Rosoboronexport had already supplied a total of 151 units of the Mi-17V-5, produced by the Kazan Helicopter Plant of 'Russian Helicopters', another company of Rostec State Corporation.

    "The negotiations within this contact have been launched. Currently the Indian side is considering our commercial proposal, which we sent earlier this month.

    "Over a long time, Russian helicopters have gained a reputation for being very efficient and reliable machines and the intention of the Indian army to purchase a new batch of Mi-17V-5 is proof of that," Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostec State Corporation, said.

    Since this is not the first contract for these helicopters, Chemezov assumes that the negotiations will not take a long time.

    "The technical specifications and parameters have been agreed, the two parties will only have to agree upon the commercial terms. It is not just about price, which is affected by inflation, but also the order and timing of deliveries and payments. I am sure that the contract will be concluded this year, perhaps even in a few months," he said.

    Designed to transport cargo inside the cabin and on an external sling, the Mi-17V-5 is one of the world's most advanced military transport helicopters.

    It can be deployed in troop and arms transport, fire support, convoy escort, Patrol, and search-and-rescue (SAR) missions.

    Mi-17V-5, supplied to India, ranks among the most technically advanced helicopters of the Mi-8/17 type, incorporating the best engineering solutions of previous generations.

    India continues to be one of the largest operators of Russian airborne equipment. In the history of aviation cooperation between the two nations, enterprises that are currently united into the Russian Helicopters holding company have delivered to India 110 units ofthe Mi-8 and about 160 units of the Mi-17.

    In 2008, Rosoboronexport signed a contract for the delivery of 80 Mi-17V-5 to India, which was completed in 2011-2013. In 2012-2013, three additional contracts were signed to supply a total of 71 Mi-17V-5 helicopters to meet the needs of the Indian Air Force.

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    Russia remains biggest arms supplier to India More: http://tass.ru/en/defense/859621

    Post  Pinto on Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:57 pm

    NEW DELHI, February 29. /TASS/. Russia continues to be the largest arms supplier to India with a total value of agreements exceeding 340 billion rupees (more than $5 billion) over the past three years, the Indian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

    According to it, the United States ranks second, with 300 billion rupees (about $4.4 billion) allocated from India’s budget on its military products from 2012-2013 to 2014-2015 fiscal years.

    Russia also maintained its leading positions in the number of defense contracts signed with India within this period of time.
    "From 2012-2013 to 2014-2015 fiscal years, 162 arms purchase contracts were signed, among them 67 with other countries, including Russia (18 agreements), the United States (13) and France (six)," the defense ministry said.

    In India, a fiscal year begins on April 1 and ends on March 31.


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    Re: RUSSIA - INDIA Military Contracts

    Post  George1 on Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:33 pm

    Russia in talks with India to sell three Project 11356 frigates

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    Re: RUSSIA - INDIA Military Contracts

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:46 pm

    The Indian government has approved the budget for the purchase of two additional airborne early warning (AEW) platforms from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The approval, made by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), provides a special budget of approximately $1.2 billion for the purchase of two Ilyushin Il-76 transports to carry the Israeli-made Phalcon sensor.

    India acquired three converted Il-76s in 2004 – which were delivered between 2009 and 2011 – and there were contract options for additional aircraft.

    According to Indian sources, New Delhi intends to purchase the additional Il-76s from Uzbekistan. They will be modified in the facilities of the Tashkent Mechanical Plant in Uzbekistan in co-operation with Beriev in Taganrog, Russia.

    IAI’s Elta division will install the radar in the IL-76 dome in Israel with the other sensors that comprise the Phalcon system.

    The two additional Phalcon AEW systems will include upgraded sensors and will be capable of working seamlessly with the ones installed in the three operational aircraft.


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    Re: RUSSIA - INDIA Military Contracts

    Post  sepheronx on Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:33 pm

    India is really doing its part to get rid of Russia as a partner. Buying the planes from Uzbekistan? Really? And are considering the F-16 proposal from US. Is Modi a US puppet?
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    Post  Werewolf on Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:41 pm

    sepheronx wrote:India is really doing its part to get rid of Russia as a partner. Buying the planes from Uzbekistan? Really? And are considering the F-16 proposal from US. Is Modi a US puppet?

    I would say yes. All deals are contra to what india needs or addressed to be their goal, to be an independent, selfrelient, arms developer and have made loud remarks that by buying equipment from russia is counter productive but now getting more and more a bitch of US that are örone to have strings attatched (political and military technology limits in use or upgrade wirh long term contracts exceeding anything other countries ask for.

    I don't think modi is an indian man bit 5th columnist a vassal.
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    Making Russian arms in India

    Post  Pinto on Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:26 am

    An official statement from India's Defence Ministry states that on Indian arms imports, Russia is, by some distance, India's biggest defence partner. Between 2012 and 2015, Moscow supplied India with military equipment worth over five billion dollars. The USA ranks second, with exports to India worth $4.4 billion.

    The situation is practically the same with arms contracts. Out of India's 67 arms contracts with other countries, 18 are with Russia, 13 with USA, and six with France. This clearly indicates that claims by Western analysts that Russia is losing its market share in India, that cooperation between Delhi and Moscow is becoming less important, that the Indian army no longer needs Russian weapons, and so on, are just the latest in their series of canards.

    Unsurprising surprises

    On the other hand, the Indian Defence Ministry's statement, that Russian arms and military equipment manufacturers occupy the primary position in the Indian arms market, held no surprises for Russian analysts.

    More than 70% of the tanks, self-propelled guns, multiple launch rocket systems, fighter aircraft, bombers, attack aircraft, airborne early warning and control aircraft, helicopters, aircraft carriers, frigates, nuclear and diesel-electric submarines, missile boats and coastal defence system equipment used by India's army, air force and navy have been made in Russia or the Soviet Union. Around 40% of the Indian army's military equipment today has been made in Russia or assembled locally under a Russian licence. That proportion rises to 80% in the air force, and 75% in the navy.

    Therefore, claims that Russia is losing out in the Indian market is either a sign of incompetence or a deliberate falsehood. Equally, however, it would be folly to pretend that Russia has a monopoly in India's defence cooperation with other countries. That is not, and has never been, the case, and has never been sought. Not by New Delhi, nor by Moscow.

    When the Western media gloatingly chides Russia for losing a contract to supply Delhi with attack helicopters, they conveniently forget or ignore that, prior to this, India bought 150 Mi-17V-5 transport helicopters from Russia, that it intends to produce 200 Ka-226T Russian light helicopters at its factories, and that it is interested in Russian S-400 and Tor-M2KM anti-aircraft weapon systems, Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile system and other offensive and defensive hardware.

    The principled and ambitious objectives that India's leaders have set its army and defence industry are another matter. One of those principles is to diversify its defence procurement and put an end to its dependence on any single country, even one as friendly, open and responsible as India's partner of many years, Russia. The second principle being insisted upon and actively promoted by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not to buy military hardware abroad, but to produce it locally, according to its ‘Make in India’ programme.


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    Putting both principles into practice is not easy. Delhi, however, is managing reasonably well with the first principle. The fact that it has a number of arms contracts with the USA and France, as well as with Germany, Israel and even Brazil speaks for itself. The same goes for the contracts won by Russia’s competitors. But implementation of those contracts has not always met the requirements laid out by the Indians in the tender process. The case of France's ‘Rafale’, a multirole fighter aircraft, is a particularly clear example here.

    Russia is the only country in the world that has taken the ‘Make in India’ principle advocated by Prime Minister Modi as the bedrock for its defence cooperation with India.

    Take the Su-30MKI, another multirole fighter aircraft. It was designed in Russia especially for India. And the letter "I" in its name specifically shows that. The aircraft, which has French, Israeli and Indian avionics on board, is produced in Indian plants under Russian licences and using Russian technologies. India's specialists have not yet completely familiarized themselves with it, and some of the aircraft's components are imported from Russia, but that proportion is decreasing with every year as India becomes one of the world's leading air powers.

    It is a similar story with the T-90S tank. The vehicle was developed and built by Uralvagonzavod for supply to the Russian army. But India is now the primary customer. At the same time, India does not just buy the "Vladimir", as the T-90S is called in the forces, but also makes them at its own plants, again under a Russian licence, with some parts supplied by Russian factories for assembly in India. The Indian army already has about 350 T-90S tanks, and Delhi is reported to be planning to increase that number to 1500.

    Not just assembly

    The ‘Make in the India’ principle has been particularly clearly seen in the Indo-Russian supersonic missile ‘BrahMos’. This is being produced by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Some components are being made by Mashinostroyenia, a defence research and manufacturing cooperation from Reutov, near Moscow, and the rest by the DRDO.



    Techmash to produce ammunition with India

    India has installed the missile on its Talwar-class frigates, which, incidentally, were also built in Russia, at the Severnaya Verf shipyard in Saint Petersburg and Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad, and on its upgraded diesel-electric improved-kilo (Varshavyanka) class submarines. India is using them in its coastal defence system, and deploying it on its Tu-142 and Il-38SD aircraft. At present, a new, lighter and shorter version of the BrahMos missile for the Su-30MKI fighter aircraft is undergoing testing. Delhi is very proud of this, and intends to export it to third countries. India plans to build a hypersonic missile based on it, and Russian specialists are helping it with this as well.

    Also, let us not forget the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, upgraded for India from the Russian aircraft carrying cruiser Admiral Gorshkov, on which Russian MiG-29K/KUB fighter aircraft are deployed. Or the aircraft carrier Vikrant, built at Indian shipyards and undocked last year, which was designed at the Neva Design Bureau in Saint Petersburg, or the tender for the construction of a new aircraft carrier that Delhi has announced. Russia is competing with the USA and France to build the ship. Russian ships have one very important advantage; Russia is ready to provide India not only the aircraft carrier, but also the technology to build it.

    And this, Russian specialists believe, is one of the key aspects of shipbuilding. They recall that the US has never shared its know-how with anyone. The weekly Defense News, a publication well known in military circles, has reported that Delhi and Washington recently discussed the possibility of cooperation in aircraft carrier technology, but sources in India's Ministry of Defence said no agreement had been reached. There are similar difficulties with the French, who, as far as we know, do not intend to share even the manufacturing processes for their Rafale fighter aircraft with Indian specialists, even though they are contractually obliged to do so. Russia, by contrast, is ready not only to build an aircraft carrier and transfer the necessary technology to India, but even to builod a ship-based version of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft on which Moscow and Delhi are currently working together. Furthermore, India already has the ship-based MiG-29K fighter, which it is ready to deploy not only on the Vikramaditya, but also on any other ship in its class.

    Russia is the only country in the world that is leasing a multirole nuclear submarine (namely, the K-152 Nerpa (Project 971)) to another country (namely, India, which calls it the ‘Chakra’). Armed with torpedoes, it is considered one of the quietest submarines of its type. Our ally's sailors are using it not only for training purposes, but also to explore the possibility of building a similar vessel at their own shipyards. At the moment they also intend to lease another, similar nuclear submarine currently being built at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant.

    Trust cannot be bought

    There are numerous reasons for this unprecedented cooperation between Russia and India in the defence sector. One is that Moscow has had no serious conflicts with Delhi in over 60 years, whoever has been in government; conservatives, democrats or the Indian National Congress party. Russia has always had an open, mutually respectful and sincere relationship of friendship and trust. In sickness and in health, as the saying goes, the two countries have always been together. I am confident that this will continue to be the case.

    Yes, we might fail to win this or that contract. For all sorts of reasons; because India wants to obtain and adopt arms from other countries, not just Russia, because it wants to avoid creating a monopoly and depending on a single supplier.... But what is important is not winning any particular contract, but the trend, and that is towards Indo-Russian cooperation now and in the future.


    http://in.rbth.com/opinion/2016/03/24/making-russian-arms-in-india_578649
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    Post  sepheronx on Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:53 am

    So is that why India chose a helicopter from US that cannot even lift the JV apc between US and Tata motors? No. Someone in India, high up, is sabotaging relations between the two countries. I don't think mil authorities in India are t incompetent that such an oversight occurred. Plus the Mi-26 were cheaper.
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    Post  flamming_python on Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:36 am

    sepheronx wrote:India is really doing its part to get rid of Russia as a partner. Buying the planes from Uzbekistan? Really? And are considering the F-16 proposal from US. Is Modi a US puppet?

    Where else are they supposed to buy Il-76s, if not from Uzbekistan? It's the only country that produces them.

    The Aviastar plant in Ulyanovsk produces Il-476s.
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    Post  sepheronx on Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:07 pm

    And why would they purchase something obsolete anyway? The 476 would have been more ideal for India as well.
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:59 am

    The Il-76s they already have mean introducing a new aircraft would be expensive... it would improve performance but would be expensive.

    For instance each of the new engines for the Il-476 cost about 6 million so for every aircraft that means an extra 24 million in costs just for engines... they can get a lot of fuel for 24 million dollars.

    Of course if I was in their position I would fund an Il-96 for the role of AWACS... much more comfortable for the crew, lower drag and better cruise performance and longer range and lower operating costs and likely able to operate at higher altitudes.

    there is a reason the west uses the 747 as an AWACS rather than a C-141... but not completely because the C-141 was crap.


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    Post  TheArmenian on Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:52 am

    I doubt Uzbekistan can produce IL-76 on its own. Maybe fuselage and wings.
    Engines, avionics, hydraulics and most other equipment will still have to come from Russia.

    So, even if (and it is a big IF) Tashkent (Uzbekistan) gets the order, the Russian contribution will still be predominant.
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    Post  Book. on Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:33 am

    Russia Offers Verba MANPADS to India
    By Tamir Eshel - Mar 26, 2016 [03.26.2016 19:31:33]

    Pursuing the Indian requirement for a new very short range air defense weapon, the Russian arms exporter ‘Rosoboronexport’ debuts the latest Man Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) 9K333 “Verba” at DEFEXPO-2016. The new weapon entered service with the Russian Army in 2014. It was first unveiled in public last year at Arms 2015 expo in Moscow. According to the Russian arms exporter, it is making its international debut this week.

    “We are confident that the Verba will provoke interest of Indian militaries and our partners in South East Asia and other regions,” Sergei Goreslavsky, deputy director general of JSC Rosoboronexport said. Goreslavsky expects that, despite the introduction of the new missile, demand for its predecessor, Igla-S, will remain stable since it satisfies the requirements of armies in many countries. In November 2015 the system’s manufacturer KBM Scientific Production Concern completed the delivery of Verba equipment under the first contract awarded in 2013, including four brigade sets for the Army and four division sets for airborne troops.

    The missile uses a new tri-band optical seeker, along with modern avionics and improved warhead activated by an adaptive contact/proximity fuze. The missile also uses a new solid rocket motor and heavier explosive charge, compared to its Igla-S predecessor. The missile can hit targets that move at speeds up to 500 m/s, at a distance of more than six kilometres, at altitude from ten to 4,500 meters.

    The MANPADS boasts of enhanced capability of engaging small-size targets with low thermal signatures such as cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.

    The Verba MANPADS can be also mounted on various land, maritime and airborne platforms. Joint employment of the 9M336 missiles of the Verba MANPADS, combat control set of equipment and launch modules makes it possible to build on their basis lightweight mobile close-in air defense missile systems, or to include these assets into existing air defence missile and artillery systems.

    Verba is positioned to compete on the Indian Army requirement for Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) man-portable air defense (MANPAD) missile. The new missile looks like its predecessor, the Igla man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD) that is already used by Indian Army, but represents a major improvement in counter-countermeasures and engagement of small and illusive targets at low-level, such as cruise missiles, helicopters and drones.

    http://defense-update.com/20160326_verba_defexpo.html


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    Post  marat on Sun Mar 27, 2016 6:13 pm

    GarryB wrote:
    there is a reason the west uses the 707 as an AWACS rather than a C-141... but not completely because the C-141 was crap.

    fixed for you
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    Post  Militarov on Sun Mar 27, 2016 6:33 pm

    TheArmenian wrote:I doubt Uzbekistan can produce IL-76 on its own. Maybe fuselage and wings.
    Engines, avionics, hydraulics and most other equipment will still have to come from Russia.

    So, even if (and it is a big IF) Tashkent (Uzbekistan) gets the order, the Russian contribution will still be predominant.

    Uzbekistan is doing final assembly, as most of the aircraft does anyways. Its not like MiG produced all MiG29K parts on its own either, there are hundreds if not thousands of suppliers.
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    Post  sepheronx on Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:38 pm

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    Post  Militarov on Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:47 pm

    sepheronx wrote:Russia-India draft agreement on supply of S-400 missile systems ready — official

    India may lease second nuclear submarine from Russia — official

    Hopefully these deals actually happen, unlike most recent deals between the two countries.

    I somehow hate this whole lease thingie regarding subs.

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