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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  Pinto on Sat Jul 16, 2016 3:02 pm

    GarryB wrote:Indeed... the future looks interesting and I think an Indian purchase of Tu-22M3 would be very good for the aircraft as they might add lots of capabilities they would otherwise not bother with.

    The Kh-32 is a mach 4.5 with long range... some report 600-800km, while an upgraded Kh-15 which is a rocket powered missile that climbs to about 40km up and then dives on the target at mach 5.... well increasing the height and speed and range of such a missile will make it a rather potent weapon... and now Brahmos... Brahmos-M and Brahmos II the options will be rather interesting and quite dangerous for any naval opponent...

    well Garry its going to be potent force multiplier for Indian navy with KH 32 and Brahmos variant to be used in it bounce . now what use IN will put this aircraft into is not yer clear but surely it will add real fire punch

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  GarryB on Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:58 am

    Kh-22M pretty much came in several different versions including one that was nuke armed for use against major land based radar and comms and command sites in Europe, while others were anti radiation equipped for enemy major SAM sites or against ships, while a third type was active radar homing for ships and major land targets.

    I suspect the modernised versions will have Glonass added and will be used to attack a variety of targets with multi sensor guidance options... so land targets and sea targets will make them flexible weapons of war.

    The Brahmos-M looks interesting to me... if they can make it small enough to go into the rotary launcher of the Tu-22M3 then it becomes even more interesting... but for less dangerous targets even triple tandem weapon racks under the wing pylons for kh-35 in their extended range models would be a potent option too... I have long liked the Tu-22M3... but it not being in production means any that India buy will need to come out of Russian stocks.

    I hope with the return of production of the Tu-160 they will take the time to develop a new engine that is compatible with both aircraft types as that will make things cheaper and easier and much better in terms of performance...

    Perhaps a heavy interceptor based on the Tu-22M3 could be considered where the attack radar is replaced with a huge 3 faced AESA with front and side mounted antenna and the belly of the aircraft modified for dozens of R-37M and R-77M missiles mounted conformally on the belly and of course on the internal rotary launcher...


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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  Pinto on Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:49 am

    well Garry this Tu-22M3 will need fighters for protecting it to let it accomplish missions, keeping in mind china has embarked on the development of its sealth strategic bomber the H-20.

    Tu-22M3 has some sleath features too ? or in future will Russia go for more sleuth bombers too ? or already has some in its arsenal

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  GarryB on Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:56 am

    There is no reason why the Tu-22M3 could not operate with an Su-30MKI escort or an FGA escort if needed...

    As I mentioned... put a huge AESA in the nose of the Tu-22M3 and fit it with two or three dozen long range AAMs and they wont need a fighter escort at all... they could fly into enemy air space and shoot down half their air force from enormous distances...


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    Russia ready to “Make in India”

    Post  Pinto on Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:10 pm

    https://in.rbth.com/economics/cooperation/2016/07/18/russia-ready-to-make-in-india_612741


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    Yekaterinburg hosted INNOPROM, an international exhibition of industry and innovations, between July 10 and 14, the seventh such exhibition and the first one with such large-scale Indian participation.

    A total of 638 companies from 17 countries attended the exhibition. The Indian representation was the largest, because it was the INNOPROM partner country this year. India’s delegation included members of the government, the Engineering Exports Promotion Council (EEPC India), the Association of Machine Tool India (AMTI), the Indian Embassy in Russia, and representatives of five leading industrial states (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh). Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, headed the Indian delegation.

    As part of their international exposure 112 companies showcased their products. The largest stands belonged to the SUN Group, SRB-International, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, Heavy Engineering Corporation Ltd, Power Grid Corporation of India and National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC). 70% of the exhibitors were small and medium-sized
    “We are pleased to participate in this magnificent exhibition, to become an INNOPROM partner country. For India, it is a great honour,” said Sitharaman. “My colleagues and I are here to develop our long-term economic and commercial ties with Russia, based on a long-standing friendship. In particular, we are ready to cooperate in the field of hydrocarbons, production of mineral fertilizers, the creation of transport corridors, and construction of ‘smart cities’", she said.

    Sitharaman pointed out that Russia and India have pledged to raise the bilateral trade turnover from 9.5 to 30 billion dollars by 2025, and mutual investments from 11 to 15 billion dollars. Judging by the current structure of imports and exports, Russian business still prefers to supply industrial products to India rather than implement the technology here. The governments hope to break this trend.

    Russia has become the first foreign country included in the ‘Make in India’ programme. The first such project was a joint venture between the state-owned corporation Rostec and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the assembly of the Ka-226 combat helicopters.

    Denis Manturov, head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, said the Soviet Union built a large number of enterprises in India in the field of transport engineering, power engineering, metallurgy, nuclear industry, and Russia today is ready to participate in their modernization. The horizon for cooperation in high-tech sectors is even wider, he said. Russia hopes to place the production of components of vessels for civil aviation in India, in particular, for the MS-21. It is possible that the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft will also appear in the Indian market.

    Another promising area of cooperation is the regional link. At this level, opportunities for cooperation between small and medium-sized businesses are the widest, and there are successful examples of such cooperation. At INNOPROM, Maharashtra concluded an agreement with the Sverdlovsk region to cooperate in the trade, economic and humanitarian spheres. Special emphasis will be placed on mining,

    “We have many projects in the mining industry, and Russian engineering companies are going to help realize the full potential of the region in this area”, said Davendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra state.

    The Chief Minister of Rajasthan state, Vasundhara Raje, admiring the quality of the Ural forests, said that she was keen to exchange experiences in forest products and forest reproduction. The Sverdlovsk region will also join in work on the problem of providing drinking water to Rajasthan.

    The total value of the agreements signed is yet to be calculated.

    Uralvagonzavod and the Kalyani Group have agreed on joint production of self-propelled artillery within the framework of the ‘Make in India’ programme. SRB-International has signed a memorandum with several Russian producers. The first one of these involves delivery of drilling equipment to India, the second involves delivery of industrial fans for mines and the underground, and the third involves joint participation of SRB and the Ural Plant of Chemical Engineering (Uralkhimmash) in Engineers India Limited Oil and Gas Group tenders.

    SRB will open an authorized service centre in India in 2017 with another partner, Ural Heavy Machinery Plant (Uralmash), which will provide customers with spare parts for mining and metallurgical machinery.

    Russian Railways plans to be part of the large-scale modernization of India’s rail network to increase the speed of movement to 250 kilometres per hour. The Railways have already joined the ‘Make in India’ programme, the formation of freight and passenger corridors, introduction of modern management systems and security based on satellite navigation.

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    Russia Biggest Support in Creating Uranium Reserve for India

    Post  Pinto on Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:59 am

    India aims to create 15000 MT uranium reserve to fuel its nuclear reactors.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — Russia is the biggest contributor to India's 'strategic uranium reserve'. India's Prime Minister's Office, in a written reply to Parliament, said "Russian firm JSC TVEL Corporation is supplying uranium to India.

    In 2015-16, India imported 303.78 megatons of Natural Uranium Di-oxide Pellets while 42.15 megatons in the form of Enriched Uranium Di-oxide Pellets from Russia. In 2014-15, imports from Russia totaled 296.54 megatons."
    Apart from Russia, Kazakhstan and Canada also supply uranium to India. India imported 250.74 megatons of Natural Uranium Ore-Concentrate from the Canadian firm Cameco in 2015-16. No consignment arrived from Kazakhstan during the same period.

    Sources say that India is planning to create 15,000 megatons of strategic uranium reserve for its nuclear reactors. Apart from the Hyderabad Nuclear Fuel Complex, India is also building another nuclear fuel complex in its western part. India has 21 working nuclear power reactors, with an installed generating capacity of 5,780 MWe. Out of these, 13 reactors comply with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards and are eligible for imported fuel.

    Apart from these 21 nuclear reactors, Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for the Prime Minister's Office says, "the Kudankulam Unit-2 also attained first criticality (start of controlled self-sustaining nuclear fission chain reaction in the reactor for the first time) on July 10, 2016. This unit also uses imported fuel."

    http://sputniknews.com/asia/20160720/1043399493/uranium-reserve-india-russia.html

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    India, Russia Make Conscious Efforts to Increase Defense Ties idrw.org . Read more at India No 1 Defence News Website , Kindly don't post our articles on other copycat websites http://idrw.org/category/india/ .

    Post  Pinto on Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:10 pm

    http://sputniknews.com/world/20160727/1043689075/india-russia-defense-ties.html


    After several years of frozen relations, a coming thaw shows a veritable increase in Indian-Russian defense ties.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) – In what is being seen as a prudent move by India and Russia the two countries are inching closer to signing a stalled 4 billion dollar project for joint development of their 5th generation fighter aircraft and upgrades for the Su-30MKI Super Sukhoi with advanced avionics and weapons.

    Additionally, most of the contentious issues between the two countries have been resolved or will be between Russian Helicopters and India's Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) regarding joint development of Kamov-226T light helicopters. Only a few days ago, Indian Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proudly announced that the Kamov 226T would be the first defense project completed under “Make in India.”

    India has also agreed to lease one Akula class submarine which will be known as INS Chakra after induction into the Indian Navy. Russia has offered its latest nuclear aircraft carrier Storm to India.

    Grounded Mi-17-1V helicopters will also be overhauled upgraded with the latest avionics, as negotiations are underway between India and Kazan Helicopters.

    Apart from this, an agreement for the S-400 air defense missile system could be signed very soon.

    All these developments have happened within the last fortnight. This could be a defining moment in India-Russia relation as these deals are worth than any other deal struck by India with western countries.

    Recently, media reported that India was leaning towards the US for its defense requirements. However, facts indicate otherwise. In March of this year Indian Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar said, " During the last three years, 67 defense contracts have been signed with vendors from foreign countries, out of which 18 contracts are from Russia, 17 from the US, 13 from Israel, 6 from France and 13 are with others."

    Amit Cowshish, former financial adviser to Ministry of Defense, said " One of the few major contracts signed by India during the last two years is with Rosobornexport for the Smerch Rocket Launcher System. It may not be as big a contract as the ones for Apache and Chinook in terms of the financial value, but it is significant all the same. It only establishes that while Russia may not be the major exporter of arms to India any more, it continues to be a serious player in India's defense market."

    Notable is that India has not been interested in doing business with countries that are reluctant to participate in the “Make in India” program, evidenced by the fact that expenditure on capital acquisition from foreign vendors as a percentage of such expenditure of the total expenditure on capital acquisition keeps falling year wise. India spent 53% of its total capital expenditure on foreign acquisition in 2013-14, falling to 36% in 2015-16 and is expected to further drop in the current financial year.

    Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar asserted that India wants to double its defense exports as soon as possible. Thus, India will leaning towards those countries that would agree to either set up bases in India or are willing for meaningful transfer of technology.

    Rumel Dahiya, Deputy Director General of India's topmost defense think tank Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis said, "When it was decided to manufacture BrahMos Missile together [with Russia], it was decided that both the armed forces would acquire some of these missiles and then sell them to a third party. But, what we have seen is that while India started inducting BrahMos in its armed forces, Russia has not started doing so. If Russia inducts BrahMos in its armed forces as well, then there will be greater credibility about the weapon system. The second aspect of this is, there are many countries keen to acquire BrahMos. I think both India and Russia should work together, proactively; to now start identifying whom to sell. I think BrahMos will be very a fine model for joint development of weapon systems and then selling it to third countries as well. This could become a model for other weapon systems which we can jointly develop and Russia can help us greatly with the 'Make in India' project. If Russia comes early then of course we will have a head start ahead of all others. They can become a great partner in India's capacity building."

    Amit Cowshis says, "China and Pakistan have limited potential as export markets. As an important player in contemporary international politics it is anxious to regain its past glory and it will not serve Russia’s interest to pull out all the stops to align with China, which will benefit more from such an alignment, or with Pakistan, which has a dubious record of spawning extremism all over."

    Meanwhile, at a recently held exhibition in Russia, India expressed interest in leasing two Akula class submarines. In the Indian Navy's future projects, Russia is expected to have a crucial role in partnering with Indian Defense companies to build six submarines.


    Naval Captain (Dr.) Gurpreet Khurana, Executive Director of the National Maritime Foundation (NMF), said, "The Indian Navy would be much inclined to engage with the highly professional Russian Navy, much beyond the largely symbolic India-Russia biennial ‘Indra’ series of combined naval exercises. Furthermore, Russia could potentially play a crucial role in maritime security and safety in the Indian Ocean region. This would augur well for the ‘inclusive’ approach to regional ‘net security’ and stability involving all stakeholders, a mantra which India and the other regional countries have collectively adopted in regional multilateral institutions like the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)."

    A Defense Ministry official said on condition of anonymity, "India's new found closeness with the United States is only a perception. The reality is, India was under immense pressure from the US to take a stand against Russia in favor of Ukraine. But, India resisted all such pressure and firmly backed Russia. Also, it is a fact that the US helped India lose out in obtaining a Nuclear Supplier's Group waiver in 2008, but if you go through the records, it is only Russia that has benefited from this waiver, very much to the contention of the United States. India's entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime will also benefit Russia the most."

    Experts are of the view that Russian-origin submarines, armored vehicles, missiles, submarines, aircraft, helicopters, aircraft carrier, and other assorted systems constitute the backbone of India’s military capability. Going by past experience, these will remain in service for the next several decades. Moreover, of late, Russia has made a conscious effort to regain the confidence of Indian armed forces by providing prompt servicing of equipment. Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar praised this effort of Russia in Parliament recently. Therefore, Russian support in ensuring operational serviceability of the equipment, including repair, refit and upgrades would also be of crucial importance for many more years to come.

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    Russia, India discuss production of components for nuclear fuel reactor

    Post  Pinto on Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:22 pm


    http://tass.ru/en/economy/892036


    MOSCOW, August 2. /TASS/. India might start production of components for nuclear fuel reactors of Russian design in the next 10 years, Vice-President of the Tvel - fuel company of Rosatom Oleg Grigoriev told TASS on Tuesday.


    "Work on localization should be definitively linked to the schedule of expanding reactors of Russian design in India. Therefore, if all current plans for Russian units in India are implemented, I hope in the next 10 years first components produced in India will be used in fuel for Indian nuclear power plants," Grigoriev said. He noted that it should be preceded by adaptation of the law, and personnel training.

    "The first steps have already been made," he said.

    "Of course, a lot will depend on regional specifics and peculiarities," he said.

    Grigoriev added that, despite the guarantee of uninterrupted supply of Russian nuclear fuel, Tvel is ready to support the efforts of Indian partners in the localization of part of its production in India.

    "We already have experience in conversion. We have repeatedly carried out economic calculations and estimates for volume of fuel to keep the plant cost-effective. The number is around 10-12 energy blocks," he said.

    Grigoriev said that the question of localization of fuel assemblies - is not a current issue, but a matter for the medium term.

    NPP equipment localization roadmap
    Russia and India will draft a roadmap for localization of nuclear power plant (NPP) equipment shortly, Oleg Grigoryev said.

    "A detailed localization roadmap we are to follow will be developed and agreed by the parties in coming future," Grigoryev said. "Reasoning from our experience and understanding of stages, the work should most probably start from localization of components for fuel assemblies. Final decision on localization depths, its timing and sequence is the subject matter of agreement with Indian partners," he added.

    Russian offers India advanced nuclear fuel for Kudankulam NPP
    According to Grigoriev, Russia is ready to transfer Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) to the advanced type of nuclear fuel TVS-2M with participation of Russian specialists as soon as possible.


    "We are ready to transfer Kudankulam NPP to the fuel as soon as possible in compliance with all the requirements of the Indian regulator for safety and security of fuel assemblies," he said.

    Grigoriev noted that the continuous improvement of nuclear fuel is one of the main competitive advantages of Russia in the nuclear field, and the company is investing "significant resources and efforts in science" for further developments.

    According to him, at the time of the decision to construction the first reactors of Russian design in India, UTVS design was the most correspondent to the India’s needs. The design is exported until this day.

    Now the Russian side offers Indian partners a more modern design of nuclear fuel - TVS-2M with improved economic and technical characteristics.

    "The only restriction for this project is time - UTVS fuel has been developed under the agreement of the parties for the next 3-4 years. As soon as it is used up, the station will use the new type of fuel," Grigoriev said, adding that in case the Indian side agrees with another project formula, transition to the new fuel will be faster.

    "In any case, we are interested. Our strategic priority is to fully satisfy the requirements of our customers. In transitioning to TVS-2M, the customer will not face any additional complications. We offer our partners only verified and reference nuclear fuel that previously has passed all stages of testing in Russia. This type of fuel assemblies is no exception," he said.

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    Russia to develop India’s nuclear power industry

    Post  Pinto on Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:22 pm

    https://www.rt.com/business/355411-india-russia-nuclear-reactors/

    Five more nuclear reactors, which would generate 1,000 MW each, are being planned at the existing Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday as he dedicated the first unit of the mega power plant here along with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Doing the honours through video conferencing in New Delhi and Moscow respectively, Mr Modi and Mr Putin termed the nuclear plant as a “fine example of special and privileged Indo-Russian strategic partnership”.

    “And, it is only a start of our collaboration in this field. It is perhaps not commonly known that at 1,000 Mega Watt, Kundankulum 1 is the largest single unit of electrical power in India. In years ahead, we are determined to pursue an ambitious agenda of nuclear power generation. At Kudankulum alone, five more units of 1,000 MW each are planned. We plan to build a series of bigger nuclear power units,” the Prime Minister said in his address.

    Mr Putin said the unit has been built using most advanced Russian technology incorporating highest safety standards while Modi asserted that India was determined to pursue an ambitious agenda of nuclear power generation.

    The Kudankulam 1 has been jointly built by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and Russia’s Rosatom and it had started generating electricity in 2013. Anti-nuclear activists and local people had protested against the project claiming it was unsafe. The agreement for the project was inked by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and then Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1988 but actual work on the ground started only in 1997. The KNPP uses Russian VVER type reactors based on enriched uranium and its second unit was expected to start later this year.

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    India to use Tu-22M3 Supersonic Bombers to Hunt down PLAN Warships

    Post  Pinto on Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:16 am


    India seems likely to acquire four Tupolev Tu-22M3 “Backfire” twin-engine strategic bombers from Russia and will probably use these long-range jets on maritime strike missions to attack warships with volleys of modern anti-ship missiles (ASMs), including India’s own BrahMos-A.

    When they arrive in India, the Backfires will become the country’s first long-range strategic bombers. Indian media said these four variable-wing jets should be sufficient to deter China from further expansion in the Indian Ocean.In December 2015, China announced it would build a naval base for its People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on the Seychelles, an Indian Ocean nation off the east coast of Africa.

    Indian military analysts said the only conceivable deployment for the Tu-22M3 is to attack PLAN warships in the Indian Ocean and in the South China Sea. The jets have a range of 6,800 km, allowing them to venture out to the South China Sea from Visakhapatnam, headquarters of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Naval Command. The distance to the Seychelles is 4,000 km.


    Backfires from the Thanjavur Air Force Base in southern India armed with the BrahMos-A can hunt down and hit PLAN warships in the Indian Ocean. The BrahMos-A can be modified to carry a nuclear warhead.

    The Tu-22M3 was originally designed by the Soviet Union as a long-range maritime strike bomber armed with stand-off cruise missiles capable of attacking U.S. Navy carriers at very long-range.

    India might choose to arm the Tu-22M3 with the air launched version of its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, the BrahMos-A, or with the Russian cruise missiles it’s designed to launch: the Raduga Kh-22 and the Raduga Kh-15.

    The Kh-22 has a range of 600 km and a 1,000 kg warhead. This weapon can also be armed with a nuclear warhead. The smaller Kh-15 with its 150 kg warhead is the world’s fastest aircraft-launched missile.

    Russia currently uses its Tu-22M3s to bomb targets in Syria in support of the Syrian government. The jets rain down unguided “dumb bombs” on their targets, which the United States says are mostly resistance groups allied with it.


    http://www.defencenews.in/article/India-to-use-Tu-22M3-Supersonic-Bombers-to-Hunt-down-PLAN-Warships-7480

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  Pinto on Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:19 am

    Tu 22 is a strategic bombers as it carries more loads of weapon compared to fighters.. It will workforce multipliers for navy along with P8i and Mig 29ks.

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  GarryB on Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:21 am

    The Tu-22 is a very old bomber type with externally mounted podded engines near the vertical tail surface.

    The Tu-22M3, which is the aircraft we are talking about is a heavy theatre bomber with half the range of the strategic Soviet/Russian bombers, but a rather decent bomb payload.

    If India reequips these aircraft with inflight refuelling systems they their range performance would be greatly increased.

    Needless to say on the Auspower website there is a chart comparing the Tu-22M3 with the F-111, which is Mr Kopps favourite aircraft and the Backfire is shown in comparison to equivalent alternative Australian options... namely one Tu-22M3 is equivalent to two F-111s with an inflight refuelling tanker, or four F-35s and two inflight refuelling tankers... and that assumes the Tu-22M3 has no inflight refuelling capability...

    In Indian service there is no reason why inflight refuelling capability could not be reinstalled.


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    India’s needs helped power Russian military innovation

    Post  Pinto on Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:18 pm

    Being at the crossroads of politics, diplomacy and commerce, Russia-India defence cooperation has always occupied a special place in the entire structure of bilateral relations.

    On the one hand, the supply of Russian arms to India is a clear indicator of intensive political cooperation between the two countries, as well as a high level of trust between New Delhi and Moscow.

    On the other hand, against the backdrop of rather modest economic cooperation, trade in military goods fills the relations of strategic partnership with real commercial content.

    After India surpassed China as the largest buyer of Russian defence products in 2007, New Delhi has remained the largest foreign customer of the Russian defence establishment. On average, according to estimates, India makes up almost 35% of Russian arms exports.

    In the 1990s, Indian orders gave a powerful impetus to the innovative development of the Russian defence industry. India was one of the first to shift to a new paradigm of demand on the arms market when non-standard mass production systems were ordered, and arms were made to order according to individual customer requirements. The Indian armed forces were able to articulate very high, but realistic requests.

    While projects such as the Su-30MKI fighters, carrier-based MiG-29K fighters, Talwar-class frigates were being executed, Indian military requirements stretched to the limit the design and technological capabilities of Russian developers and manufacturers. However, they did not exceed their capabilities, thereby creating weapons systems required by India within a reasonable time.

    Indian buyers at the time ran high, but reasonable technical risks. As a result, the Indian and then the Russian Armed Forces received first-class weapons systems, which still remain modern today. No other Russian arms importer has had such a positive innovation impact.

    The vast majority of India’s economic, industrial, technological and military strengthening also meets Russia's national interests.

    China, for example, which was the leading buyer of Russian weapons till 2007, usually bought either the standard system, or the systems, that had passed conservative modernization. The only segment where Chinese demand was most concentrated was modern solutions in air defence, for which China has become the first customer for the C-300PMU-2 and is likely to be the first foreign operator of the C-400.

    Russia is a significant source of weapons and technologies for India. Russia has always been willing to transfer to India not just finished products, but production technologies. The re-assignment of licences and organization of production of defence products of Soviet and Russian design is not a recent phenomenon, but a practice that began in the 1970s, when licenced production of India’s MiG-21s was organized.

    In this sense, Russia has been implementing the ‘Make in India’ a policy for nearly half a century. It is not altruism on Russia’s side. The fundamental basis of Moscow’s attitude to the question of the transfer of military technology to India is the phenomenal complementarity of the Russian and Indian military-political interests.

    India’s maximum economic, industrial, technological and military strengthening meets Russia's national interests. In addition, Russia has been cooperating with India not only in the segment of conventional tactical weapons, but also in sub-strategic and strategic systems. This cooperation is of vital importance for India’s development of military capabilities and its transformation into a global military player.

    The classic examples of this are, of course, the leasing of the Soviet and Russian multipurpose nuclear submarines and the construction for the Indian Navy of the ‘Vikramaditya’ aircraft carrier. This kind of cooperation can and should develop.

    The preservation of a large group of non-nuclear submarines is a closed chapter for the Indian Navy. When economic opportunities allow, military needs and geography dictate the need to establish a nuclear submarine fleet. After all, attack nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers, along with the weaponry provide dominance in the seas, while the conventional submarine is rather a solution for defensive tasks. There is no doubt that Russia will provide India with all the necessary assistance in the building of nuclear submarines.

    Finally, unlike some other major players in the Indian defence products market, Russia has consistently limited itself in the deployment of large-scale military-technical cooperation with Pakistan. Neither the US, supplying Pakistan with the modern and effective F-16 fighter, which is the strike core of the Pakistan Air Force, nor France, whose submarines form the basis of Pakistan's submarine fleet, take into account the concerns of India's rising military power vis-à-vis this artificial and unstable state.

    Russia's policy in relation to the supply of arms to Pakistan looks especially contrasting against this background. Islamabad is hugely interested in Russian weapons, including the cutting-edge systems such as the Su-35 fighter. However, one can say with confidence that Russia will never agree to the transfer of arms to Pakistan, which could disrupt the existing balance of forces in the region.

    What are the prospects for Russian-Indian military-technical cooperation? Most likely, it is an increase in the number and the scale of joint projects on the basis of risk-sharing.

    Several projects of this kind are already being implemented. Among them are the staggeringly successful BrahMos project, the unsuccessful MTA, and the recently launched FGFA. The Su-30MKI program is very close to such projects.

    At the moment, however, both countries face the task of carrying out the second generation joint projects, which were initially completed with the harmonized requirements of the armies of both countries. Financed on a parity basis, those were bought by both the Indian and Russian military, and are jointly marketed in the third countries.

    It is about creating a common element of the Russian-Indian military products market, and it is a far more ambitious goal than the ‘Make in India’ policy, in the paradigm that Russia and India have been operating for five decades.

    We can say with certainty that the most promising model is the Make in India 2.0, under which India is not a recipient of technology, but an equal partner in building new knowledge, competencies and products.

    Ruslan Pukhov is head of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a member of the Public Council under the Ministry of Defence

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    PM Modi reaffirms time-tested ties with Russia

    Post  Pinto on Sat Aug 20, 2016 5:33 pm

    Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reaffirmed India’s time-tested ties with Moscow when Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin called on him in New Delhi.

    “Prime Minister Modi described Russia as a time-tested and reliable friend and reaffirmed the shared commitment with President (Vladimir) Putin to expand, strengthen and deepen bilateral engagement across all domains,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said.

    “He recalled his recent meeting with President Putin in Tashkent in June and via video-link for dedication of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 at the beginning of this month,” it stated.


    On his part, Rozogin conveyed Putin’s greetings to Modi and briefed him on the progress in ongoing projects between India and Russia.
    Modi said that India was eagerly awaiting Putin’s visit to India later this year.

    http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/pm-modi-reaffirms-time-tested-ties-with-russia-2987193/

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    Russia keen to tap India as global aeronautics manufacturing base

    Post  Pinto on Sat Aug 20, 2016 5:34 pm

    Russia is ready to tap India as a global aeronautics manufacturing base and is willing to partner local firms in developing their technological and production capabilities in the aviation sector, an official representing a delegation from the country said during bilateral talks held here.

    India, on its part, expressed eagerness to jointly develop iron ore and coal mines in Russian territory and sought technical inputs on producing high-grade cold-rolled, grain-oriented steel, typically used in power transmission equipment.

    Ramesh Abhishek, secretary, department of industrial policy and promotion in the ministry of commerce and industry, led the bilateral talks held under the aegis of an India-Russia working group on modernization and industrial co-operation. The Russian delegation was headed by the deputy minister of industry and trade Alexander Potapov.

    While both sides acknowledged their mutual interest in expanding bilateral cooperation between Russian and Indian companies in different sectors, more focused discussions were held on modernization, mining, fertilisers and civil aviation.

    Civil aviation

    “In the civil aviation sector, Russian side declared its readiness to participate in the Make in India program in order to develop technological and production capabilities of the Indian side in this field and potential supplies of the jointly produced equipment to third countries,” according to a statement issued by the commerce and industry ministry.

    The Russians also reiterated their interest in the possible participation of Russian companies in the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.

    In mining and metallurgy, the two sides agreed to exchange information on potential areas for co-operation in view of India’s request to develop coal fields and iron ore mines in Russia, according to the statement.

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    Russia to Enter $300 Bln Indian Civilian Aircraft Market in a Big Way

    Post  Pinto on Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:40 pm

    http://sputniknews.com/business/20160818/1044402254/russia-india-aircraft.html

    Russia is set to launch a production unit for aircraft parts and equipment in India under the ‘Make in India' program.

    US and European aviation companies are likely to face major competition in India as Russia has proposed to set up a production line for India’s civil aviation sector. A Russian delegation headed by Alexander Potapov, Deputy Minister of Industry & Trade of the Russian Federation, put forward this proposal before Indian officials of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in New Delhi.
    A statement released by India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry says, “In the civil Aviation sector, the Russian side declared its readiness to participate in the “Make in India” program in order to develop technological and production capabilities of the Indian side in this field and potential supplies of the jointly produced equipment to third countries.”

    Russia wants to introduce Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) civilian aircraft in India and has a target set to put out at least 50 SSJ100 in the next three to five years. Sukhoi expects to sign a deal this year with Tata Advanced System to manufacture key airplane parts in India.
    Russia’s proposal to take part in the ‘Make in India’ program comes soon after the announcement of the New Civil Aviation Policy by India which says,

    “India will provide fiscal and monetary incentives and fast-track clearances to global original equipment manufacturers and their ancillary suppliers. In the event that the cost of Made-in-India aircraft and components work out to be higher than those supplied from their original sources, the government will consider an incentive package to nullify the cost differential.”

    India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world and is expected to displace the UK as the third largest market by 2026 while Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, a consulting firm, predicts that domestic air traffic of Indian civil aviation market likely to surpass 100 million by 2018 as compared to 81 million in 2015-16.
    Keeping in mind the growth of the air traffic, Boeing, the US-based aircraft manufacturer, projects a demand for 1,850 new aircraft in India over the next 20 years. Value of this demand will be approximately worth USD 265 billion. However, Ministry of Commerce & Industry itself projected a demand of 800 aircrafts by year 2020.

    Apart from manufacturing aircraft, there are vast opportunities in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) as well. According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, “The MRO business of Indian carriers is around USD 751 million, 90% of which is currently spent outside India – in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, UAE etc.” The Indian government is keen to develop India as an MRO hub in Asia, attracting business from foreign airlines.

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    Putin: Russia To Develop Indian Nuke Power Industry

    Post  Pinto on Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:02 am

    http://inserbia.info/today/2016/08/putin-russia-to-develop-indian-nuke-power-industry/

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that Moscow will soon sign an agreement with New Delhi to construct the third stage of India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant.

    Speaking at a media conference in the Russian capital, President Putin recently said: “We have big plans with our Indian friends in the area of nuclear energy. Construction work on the third and fourth blocks of the Indian nuclear power plant started in February. We expect to sign a general framework agreement and a credit line for the construction of a third stage by the end of this year.” He met the press after the handover of the plant’s first power unit to India. Earlier, President Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the first unit of the power plant to the South Asian nation via video-conferencing.

    The power station, situated in the southern Indian province of Tamil Nadu, is being built by Rosatom nuclear corporation of Russia on the basis of a deal signed between Moscow and New Delhi in 1998. Putin thanked Rosatom officials for building the plant, saying that the first and second reactors of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant would enhance India’s energy supply and also strengthen its economic position.

    For his part, Prime Minister Modi said that it was not possible for India to build the plant without Russia’s help, as 80% of the project’s financing was covered by a Russian loan. Revealing that India plans to build a number of 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plants jointly with Russia, the premier stressed: “I have always deeply valued our friendship with Russia and it is fitting that we jointly dedicate the first unit of Kudankulam nuclear power plant.” Modi added: “In the years ahead, we are determined to pursue an ambitious agenda of nuclear power generation. At Kudankulam alone, five more reactors of 1,000-megawatt each are planned. In terms of our co-operation with Russia, we plan to build a series of bigger nuclear power plants.”

    Currently, Russia is the only country that is co-operating with India on nuclear energy. The first reactor at the Kudankulam plant is one of the most powerful reactors in India and it meets the latest safety requirements. The second generator will start operating in the coming months.


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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  Pinto on Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:37 am

    Russia has executed meticulously Kudankulam nuclear power project despite many hurdles geography, policies, regionalism, economy, infrastructure, agitations, 4 more rector to be built here

    6(1000MW)+6(1200MW)+4(1200MW) India will buy 20 Russian Reactors


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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  George1 on Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:07 pm

    Russia to Enter $300 Bln Indian Civilian Aircraft Market in a Big Way

    Russia is set to launch a production unit for aircraft parts and equipment in India under the ‘Make in India' program.

    US and European aviation companies are likely to face major competition in India as Russia has proposed to set up a production line for India’s civil aviation sector. A Russian delegation headed by Alexander Potapov, Deputy Minister of Industry & Trade of the Russian Federation, put forward this proposal before Indian officials of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in New Delhi.

    A statement released by India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry says, “In the civil Aviation sector, the Russian side declared its readiness to participate in the “Make in India” program in order to develop technological and production capabilities of the Indian side in this field and potential supplies of the jointly produced equipment to third countries.”

    Russia wants to introduce Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) civilian aircraft in India and has a target set to put out at least 50 SSJ100 in the next three to five years. Sukhoi expects to sign a deal this year with Tata Advanced System to manufacture key airplane parts in India.

    “India will provide fiscal and monetary incentives and fast-track clearances to global original equipment manufacturers and their ancillary suppliers. In the event that the cost of Made-in-India aircraft and components work out to be higher than those supplied from their original sources, the government will consider an incentive package to nullify the cost differential.”

    India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world and is expected to displace the UK as the third largest market by 2026 while Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, a consulting firm, predicts that domestic air traffic of Indian civil aviation market likely to surpass 100 million by 2018 as compared to 81 million in 2015-16.

    Keeping in mind the growth of the air traffic, Boeing, the US-based aircraft manufacturer, projects a demand for 1,850 new aircraft in India over the next 20 years. Value of this demand will be approximately worth USD 265 billion. However, Ministry of Commerce & Industry itself projected a demand of 800 aircrafts by year 2020.

    Apart from manufacturing aircraft, there are vast opportunities in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) as well. According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, “The MRO business of Indian carriers is around USD 751 million, 90% of which is currently spent outside India – in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, UAE etc.” The Indian government is keen to develop India as an MRO hub in Asia, attracting business from foreign airlines.

    http://sputniknews.com/business/20160818/1044402254/russia-india-aircraft.html


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    Russia Propose Setting Up Il-114-300 Airliner Production in India

    Post  Pinto on Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:04 am

    http://sputniknews.com/business/20160823/1044557719/russia-india-il-114.html

    Russian Deputy Trade Minister Alexander Potapov said that Russia offered India to launch production of Ilyushin Il-114-300 regional airliners at India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) facilities.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Russia has made an offer on setting up the production of Ilyushin Il-114-300 regional airliners at India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) facilities, Russian Deputy Trade Minister Alexander Potapov said Tuesday.


    Earlier, the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry said that Russia agreed to take part in the Make in India program during a meeting of the Russian-Indian working group on industrial cooperation.

    "We have always talked about the feasibility and readiness to expand cooperation. This also applies to civil aviation. One such project could be the creation of an Indian regional aircraft. In accordance with a request from the Indian side, we sent our proposals on organizing the production of Il-114-300 aircraft at HAL facilities," Potapov said.

    Russia's RT-Chemical technologies and composite materials company (JSC RT-Chemcomposite), part of the Rostec state corporation, is also looking into projects on setting up the production of aircraft glazing as well as polymer composite materials for civil aviation in India, he added.

    Il-114-300 is a variant of the Ilyushin Il-114 regional airliner fitted with a Klimov TV7-117SM turboprop engine.
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    The Il-114 was developed by Ilyushin Design Bureau in the late 1980s for short-haul flights within the Soviet Union. Since then, 20 planes of this type have been manufactured. Mass production of the plane is expected to start in Russia in 2019.


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    India and Russia: Keeping a special partnership on track

    Post  Pinto on Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:50 pm

    http://www.asianage.com/india/india-and-russia-keeping-special-partnership-track-248

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet at least twice over the coming two months. The first meeting will be on the margins of G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, China on September 4-5. Second interaction will be during Mr Putin’s visit to India to attend the Brics and annual bilateral summit in Goa on October 15-16.

    Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin visited India to prepare for Mr Putin’s forthcoming visit. This was Mr Rogozin’s fourth visit to India since Mr Modi’s victory in May 2014. This is testimony to the significance that both countries attach to bilateral partnership.


    Strong relations with Russia are a key pillar of India’s foreign policy. In his meeting with Mr Rogozin on August 20, 2016, PM Modi described Russia as “a time-tested and reliable friend...”

    Recent years have witnessed rapid growth in all aspects of bilateral partnership encompassing defence, hydrocarbons, nuclear energy, space cooperation, science and technology, and cultural collaboration and people-to-people contacts.

    Russia of today is not the Russia of 2014 when it was reeling under onslaught of Western sanctions. Russia is rapidly emerging as a confident and resurgent power. With Indian economy growing at a robust 7.6 per cent per annum, time is propitious for the two countries to take their relationship to a new level.

    Russia continues to be India’s main trading partner in military and technical sphere with more than 70 per cent of equipment in the Indian armed forces being of Russian origin. Bilateral engagement has evolved from supply of end products to technology transfer, joint research and development.

    The most rewarding example of joint cooperation is successful designing and manufacture of sophisticated BrahMos supersonic cruise missile for Indian armed forces and export to third countries. Discussions for exports to the UAE, Vietnam, South Africa and Chile are at an advanced stage.
    List of joint projects between India and Russia is formidable. A significant contract for supply and joint production of 200 Russian light helicopters Ka-226T was signed recently.

    Most bilateral projects are in consonance with “Make in India” programme launched by Mr Modi.

    Several projects like the fifth generation fighter aircraft and purchase of S-400 air missile defence system are expected to fructify soon.
    Nuclear energy has emerged as one of the most significant and fastest growing areas of bilateral cooperation. Two 1,000MW power plants are already functional at Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu. Four more are slated to come up in the same vicinity. During Mr Modi’s visit to Moscow last December, it was decided to establish six more 1,000MW nuclear power plants probably in Andhra Pradesh.

    Russian atomic power corporation Rosatom is interested in participating in “Make in India” programme and assembly of fuel rods and control system components.

    Some components can be assembled in India for using domestically, for export to Russia and to third markets.

    Hydrocarbons hold enormous potential for bilateral cooperation. Russia is one of the world’s largest producers of oil and gas.
    As a result of Western sanctions Russia has adopted a new “Asia Pivot” strategy, the most marked aspect of which is its turn towards India and China.

    Energy security for Russia means having long-term arrangements for supplying its oil and gas. India’s energy demand is growing at a rapid pace. Today India is dependent on imports of oil to the extent of 80 per cent of its requirement and in gas to the tune of 37 per cent. Russia and India hence make an ideal match as producer and consumer.

    India is significantly invested in Russia’s oil and gas sector. Its first investment was a 20 per cent stake in Sakhalin-I worth $1.7 billion in 2001. This investment has yielded impressive gains. ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) invested $2.1 billion to buy 100 per cent stake in Imperial Energy in 2009. This turned out to be highly unprofitable both because of the high price paid and inadequate production from the oil field. In lieu, OVL has picked up significant stakes in Bashneft, Titov and Trebs fields off the Arctic continental shelf.

    In July 2015, Essar and Rosneft signed a preliminary agreement for Rosneft to acquire 49 per cent stake in Essar’s Vadinar Oil refinery and supply crude to Essar for over 10 years. In September 2015, OVL signed an agreement with Rosneft to acquire 15 per cent stake in Vankorneft project, the second largest oil field in Russia. Recently in June, an Indian consortium signed a sale-purchase agreement with Rosneft for acquisition of 23.9 per cent in Vankor oil block.

    Growth in bilateral trade and investment has not been commensurate with other areas of bilateral engagement. Two-way trade continues to languish at an abysmally low level of $10 billion. The two countries have fixed a target of $30 billion by 2025. Several silver linings have appeared recently on the horizon. Some of these include: India’s prospective membership of Eurasian Economic Union, development of International North-South Transport Corridor, trial runs on which took place on August 8, 2016, construction and upgradation of Chabahar seaport to promote and improve connectivity with Central Asia, Russia and Afghanistan.

    India’s membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will provide several opportunities to promote security, stability and economic growth in Central Asia and the region. Regional countries need to collaborate actively to ensure that Afghanistan does not descend into conflict and instability. Russia and India can play a crucial role in this as also in dealing with the scourge of terrorism emanating from Pakistan, Afghanistan and West Asia. Unrest and continuing violence in Syria as well as the uncontrolled spread of Islamic State, terrorism and radicalisation of youth are other challenges that the two countries need to quell and overcome together.

    Both India and Russia are factors of peace, stability, security and economic development, domestically, bilaterally and regionally. Rapidly expanding special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries bodes well for future of India and Russia as well as the region.
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    Now, India turns to Russia for mega defence deals

    Post  Pinto on Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:07 am

    After a pronounced tilt towards the US in terms of defence deals and military-to-military ties over the last decade, further reinforced by the recent inking of the bilateral logistics pact, India has reassured Russia that their traditional strategic partnership will continue on its upward trajectory.

    Defence ministry sources said negotiations for mega defence projects with Russia like joint development of the futuristic fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) andKamov Ka-226T light utility helicopters were “well on track” after being stalled for some time.

    Similarly, major defence deals with Russia, ranging from the Rs 39,000 crore acquisition of five S-400 Triumf advanced air defence missile systems to the $1.5 billion lease of a second nuclear-powered submarine, are also in the offing.

    India already operates a nuclear-powered Akula-II submarine christened INS Chakra, which was acquired on a 10-year lease from Russia in April 2012 under a $900 million deal inked earlier.


    All this is reflected in the flurry of top-level bilateral meetings to be held in the coming days. The 16th meeting of the India-Russia Military Technical Cooperation Working Group, for instance, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday.

    The Indian delegation will be led by the director-general of defence acquisitions in the meeting, which will include the inking of a joint protocol. Concurrently , the two countries will also hold a top meeting on shipbuilding, aviation and land systems, which will be co-chaired by the defence production secretary from India.

    The fine balance India is trying to strike between the two erstwhile Cold War rivals is also evident in the way the Indian Army will hold combat exercises with US and Russian forces this month.

    The ‘Yudh Abhyas’ exercise between US troops from Fort Louis and Madras Regiment soldiers will be held at Chaubatia in Uttarakhand from September 14 to 27. The ‘Indra’ exercise between Russian soldiers and Kuma on Regiment troops will be held at Vladivostok from September 22 to October 2.

    After Indian, US and Japanese warships conducted the top-notch Malabar exercise off Okinawa in June, India and Russia will hold their Indra naval wargames in theIndian Ocean around December.”Russia was worried whether India wanted to continue complex projects like the FGFA. We have expressed our keenness to ink the final R&D design contract for the Indian ‘perspective multi-role fighter’ (based on the Russian FGFA called Sukhoi T-50 or PAK-FA) in 2016-2017,” said a source.

    India, however, has conveyed that it is not interested in the proposed joint development of the multi-role transport aircraft (MTA) due to the twin-engine plane’s cost-viability, delivery timelines and failure to meet high-altitude requirements.But Russia has taken heart from India’s positive response on other projects, and has even offered its under-construction nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ‘Storm’ (Shtorm) and technologies associated with the project.

    TOI had earlier reported that the US was currently unwilling to offer help to India in nuclear propulsion for the proposed construction of its largest-ever warship, the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier INS Vishal. In effect, the USRussia rivalry to woo India in the military arena continues.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Now-India-turns-to-Russia-for-mega-defence-deals/articleshow/54039916.cms

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    Russia, India Still in Talks on S-400 Triumf Missile System Deliveries

    Post  Pinto on Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:09 am

    The Indian Defense Ministry is still in talks with Rosoboronexport on the supply of S-400 Triumf missile systems, according to the state arms exporter Rosoboronexport’s deputy director.

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/military/20160906/1045013888/russia-india-s-400.html

    KUBINKA (Moscow Region) (Sputnik) – Russia and India are yet to sign a contract on the delivery of S-400 Triumf missile systems as consultations are still ongoing, the state arms exporter Rosoboronexport’s deputy director told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    "The Indian Defense Ministry official’s comments published by some Russian and Indian media of an already signed contract on the supply of S-400 Triumf are not true. These are only consultations so far, and there is no decision on the number, much less the value, of the possible contract," Sergey Goreslavsky said at the Army-2016 military and technical forum near Moscow.

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/military/20160906/1045013888/russia-india-s-400.html

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    Rogozin to visit India to fix agenda for Putin-Modi summit

    Post  Pinto on Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:53 pm

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin will travel to New Delhi for the 22nd session of the Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) on September 13. It will be Rogozin’s second visit to India in less than a month.

    The 22nd session of the Indo-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) will be held in New Delhi on September 13.

    Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and his Indian counterpart, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will co-chair the meeting, held annually alternately in Moscow and New Delhi. They are expected to raise the India-Russia “special, privileged strategic partnership” to a new level across different fields of cooperation; in trade and economic affairs, defence, civil nuclear energy and hydrocarbons.

    The IRIGC-TEC is a critical institutional mechanism to promote and strengthen India’s strategic partnership with Russia.

    The session will make a thorough review of the progress of joint projects in different fields of bilateral cooperation, on the basis of reports submitted by the various joint working groups (JWG), which have met since the last IRIGC-TEC meeting in October 2015, in Moscow. It will also prepare an ambitious agenda for the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Goa on October 15.


    At the IRIGC-TEC meeting, Rogozin and Swaraj will also finalize a number of agreements to be signed during the Putin-Modi summit. The India-Russia summit at the highest political level is being held in October, rather than December, because Putin will be in Goa for the 8th BRICS summit


    During his visit, Rogozin will also call on the Indian Prime Minister to exchange views on the preparation of the Putin’s visit. This will be Rogozin’s fifth visit to India since the NDA government came to power in 2014. Most recently, he travelled to New Delhi in August and met with Modi to discuss bilateral ties and finalise the agenda for the visit of the Russian President, both for the India-Russia bilateral and BRICS summits, in Goa.

    The prospect of joint projects, increased investments, greater participation in oil and gas exploration, expansion of trade and economic relations and defence ties within the framework of Indian government’s “Make in India” programme, will be high on the agenda of the IRIGC meeting, a source told RIR.

    Russia is the first country to take the initiative under the “Make in India” programme in the two key strategic sectors of civil nuclear energy and military-technical cooperation.

    Ahead of the IRIGC session, in August, during the 5th meeting of India-Russia Working Group on Modernization and Industrial Cooperation in New Delhi, both sides expressed interest in further strengthening and expanding bilateral cooperation between Russian and Indian companies in different sectors. They also took note of discussions held during the meeting of sub-groups on Modernization, Mining, Fertilizers and Civil Aviation.

    In the civil aviation sector, Russia has declared its readiness to participate in “Make in India” to develop Indian technical and production capabilities in this field, and potential supplies of the jointly produced equipment to third countries


    Russia has sought more information about Russian companies participating in the $90 billion Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). Last December, during the summit in Moscow, Modi, at a meeting with Russian CEOs, invited them to participate in the Chennai-Bengaluru and Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridors. India has expressed interest to jointly develop iron-ore and coal mines in Russia, which will be high on the Putin-Modi summit agenda.

    The IRIGC meeting will discuss all these new areas of investment in joint projects in a more focused way and take decisions on priority projects to increase the volume of bilateral trade and investments corresponding to the high level of political relations between the two countries, the source stressed. Indian Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently said the volume of Indian investments in Russia’s oil and gas sector could reach $15 billion in the next five years.


    The volume of current bilateral trade is about $10 billion. Both countries have set a target to raise it to $30 billion by 2025, and mutual investment from $10 billion to $15 billion.


    Speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in June, Putin said the two countries “needed to transform the positive historical and political buildup into specific areas of cooperation, adding that the bilateral trade turnover is currently “too small” which “absolutely does not correspond to the potential.”

    In the light of two countries’ decision to achieve the fixed targets of bilateral trade and investments, the IRIGC meeting will take up the issues of fast-tracking negotiations of the Joint Study Group on the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and the Custom Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan), hasten development of the International North-South Transport Corridor ((INSTC), trial runs of which took place on August 8, 2016 and upgradation of Chabahar seaport to improve connectivity to Central Asia and Russia.

    As the two countries have agreed to place the Indian government’s “Make in India” programme at the centre-stage of their strategic partnership, joint investment and production projects in the priority sectors of nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and defence have recently emerged as the fastest developing spheres of bilateral cooperation.

    During the dedication of Unit 1of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, built with Russian assistance, Putin and Modi noted that cooperation in civil nuclear energy was reflective of the “special and privileged strategic partnership.” A total of 6 units (1,000 MW each) are to be built at the plant.

    India and Russia are now preparing to sign the general framework agreement on the third stage of the construction (units 5 and 6) of the plant. The IRIGC meeting will finalize the agreement for signing during the Putin-Modi summit. India and Russia have already reached agreement to build another 6 units at another site in India. Russia plans to sell as many as 25 reactors to India.

    In July, during his visit to Russia, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu discussed with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev the issue of 6 reactors to be built in his state. It is expected that the IRIGC meeting will take a final decision on the proposal and the project site (Kavali in Nellore district) could announced during Putin-Modi summit.

    “Andhra Pradesh will have both American and Russian participation in nuclear energy generation, but the Russians will be the first to ‘Make in India’ in the nuclear sphere in Andhra,” Sitharaman said recently


    https://in.rbth.com/economics/coope...ia-to-fix-agenda-for-putin-modi-summit_627517

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    Re: Russia - India Strategic Relationship: News

    Post  Firebird on Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:16 pm

    Pinto wrote:http://www.asianage.com/india/india-and-russia-keeping-special-partnership-track-248

    Growth in bilateral trade and investment has not been commensurate with other areas of bilateral engagement. Two-way trade continues to languish at an abysmally low level of $10 billion. The two countries have fixed a target of $30 billion by 2025. Several silver linings have appeared recently on the horizon. Some of these include: India’s prospective membership of Eurasian Economic Union, development of International North-South Transport Corridor, trial runs on which took place on August 8, 2016, construction and upgradation of Chabahar seaport to promote and improve connectivity with Central Asia, Russia and Afghanistan.

    India’s membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will provide several opportunities to promote security, stability and economic growth in Central Asia and the region. Regional countries need to collaborate actively to ensure that Afghanistan does not descend into conflict and instability. Russia and India can play a crucial role in this as also in dealing with the scourge of terrorism emanating from Pakistan, Afghanistan and West Asia. Unrest and continuing violence in Syria as well as the uncontrolled spread of Islamic State, terrorism and radicalisation of youth are other challenges that the two countries need to quell and overcome together.

    Both India and Russia are factors of peace, stability, security and economic development, domestically, bilaterally and regionally. Rapidly expanding special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries bodes well for future of India and Russia as well as the region.
    The author is a former ambassador

    Pinto, or anyone else, do you know how far the North South Corridor is expected to go, long term in regards developing trade between India and Russia?

    In many ways, the 2 countries seem perfect partners.
    Ru = military superpower, vast resources, lots of technology knowhow. But a not so huge population
    India = huge population, need for resources, developing military power, also tech knowhow in other areas.

    The problem is connection. Do they anticipation the long term trade route will be via Central Asia, Pakistan, perhaps Afghanistan? Or by sea and via Iran. Or via China even?

    One good thing is that unlike China or the West, there are no real disputes between Ru and China. If the 2 were put together (which ofcourse is only possible in some ways) they'd perhaps be the global leading power or thereabouts in the not too distant future.

    I don't think a mass transfer of peoples would work. But certainly close collaboration in many other areas. One idea I have is for Indian workers to work in special zones in underpopulated parts of Russia. Say one industry towns, or agricultural areas. They would not get residency, movement or passport rights, as they would be working for both Russia and India. But they would have good wages, potential skill development and allowing both the Indian and Russian economies to grow. They could then return to India and repatriate their post tax earnings. It would be better too for Russia - allowing it to leverage its resources and knowhow - and not falling into the errors Western govts have made in importing cheap labour on mass, with all the cultural problems that may cause.

    So I wonder how far Russia-India trade and development will go. Because currently, despite their undouted synergies, trade is rather modest outside of arms.

    I wonder if Pakistan and Afghanistan would want to get in on this N-South Corridor? The Russia-India route could certainly rival the China-Russia-Europe new silk road.

    I really think success between Ru and India could be massive for both countries. Russia can be uneasy about China, but there shouldn't be any need to be with India. Likewise, NATO countries don't tend to show India (or Russia) much respect. So in many ways, they are natural partners.

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