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    Neva Design Bureau ready to build new Indian aircraft carrier

    Post  Pinto on Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:18 pm

    18 December 2015 RIA NOVOSTI

    The Nevsky Design Bureau, which specializes in designing aircraft carriers, amphibious ships, naval aeronautical equipment, and naval-aviation simulator equipment, is ready to build a second Indian aircraft carrier. Located in St. Petersburg, the Bureau has been actively involved in designing India’s indigenous aircraft carrier, the ‘Vikrant’.

    The Neva Design Bureau is ready with plans to construct a second aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy. Neva’s plans include either the design of the ship as a whole, or several of its individual components. Russia has received an offer to participate in the tendering process for such a ship, Sergei Vlasov, general director of the Neva Design Bureau, told RIA Novosti.

    The Design Bureau was actively involved in the building of the first national (built in India), Indian aircraft carrier, the ‘Vikrant’, which was launched on June 11, 2015. The Indian media earlier reported that the second national aircraft carrier, the ‘Vishal’, is likely to be a nuclear- powered vessel with a displacement of around 65,000 tons, and will be able to carry 50 aircraft.

    Rosoboronexport said earlier this year that Russia would agree to participate in building a new aircraft carrier, if such an application does come from India.

    “The Indian side is choosing partners to participate in the design of their new aircraft carrier. The Russian side has received a request to participate in the corresponding tender. Our company can offer everything; the entire ship as a whole and/or its component parts. We are very interested in co-operation with India,” said Vlasov.

    He added that the Neva Design Bureau continues to work with India on the Vikrant. The company’s specialists are working to develop the aviation-technical equipment for the ship; they have created ​​the technical design of this vessel. Other work on the aircraft carrier is being done by other countries, and India itself.

    According to reports, the Vikrant should be placed into service by the Indian Navy in 2018. The displacement of the Vikrant will be about 40,000 tons, and it will be armed with anti-aircraft missile systems, and high-velocity artillery. The ship will carry carrier-based Russian-made MiG-29K/KUB fighter jets and helicopters. They also plan to use Indian ‘Tejas’ fighter jets (developed and built by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the jets are also known as LCA – Light Combat Aircraft) on this ship.

    In November 2013, the Indian Navy officially received the aircraft carrier ‘Vikramaditya’ (formerly the Admiral Gorshkov), which was totally refitted and modernized at Sevmash Shipyard. In January 2014, the ship safely reached the wharves of the Indian port of Karwar. In 2015, representatives of Sevmash and the Indian Navy signed a contract to provide technical assistance for maintenance of the aircraft carrier after its warranty period expires.

    Located in St. Petersburg, the Nevsky Design Bureau specializes in designing aircraft carriers, amphibious ships, naval aeronautical equipment, and naval-aviation simulator equipment.

    http://in.rbth.com/economics/defence/2015/12/18/neva-design-bureau-ready-to-build-new-indian-aircraft-carrier_552289

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    PM’s Moscow visit: Private sector eyes ‘Make in India’ deals in defence

    Post  Pinto on Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:02 pm

    The focus on Make in India in defence is expected to be high in the three IGAs likely to be inked during the 16th India-Russia annual summit


    As Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Moscow today on a two-day visit, all eyes are on the Inter Government Agreements (IGA) on defence projects being signed between India and Russia. The focus on Make in India in defence is expected to be high in the three IGAs likely to be inked during the 16th India-Russia annual summit.

    Going by the list of corporate CEOs accompanying the Prime Minister for the interactive session with the Russian President Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 November, the Make in India component of defence deals could be directed towards the private sector. Indian private defence and aerospace sector in the 18-member CEOs delegation will be represented by Anil Ambani (Reliance Defence), Baba Kalyani (Bharat Forge) and Sukaran Singh (Tata Advanced System Limited).

    The 34-member delegation of Russian CEOs is also dominated by top executives from defence, aerospace and energy sectors. It includes Yevtushenkov Vladimir Ptrovich, Chairman, AFK Sistema, Gurko Alexander Oelgovich, President, NP GLONASS, Sechin Igor Ivanovich, President, Rosneft and Chemezov Sergey Viktorovich, General Director, Rostech SC.

    The three defence IGAs which will be signed between the two sides include a deal for 200 Kamov-226T helicopters, four Talwar class stealth frigates and five Russian S-400 air defence systems. Worth around $600 million, the deal for Kamov-226T helicopters was cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar in May. Kamov-226T is a multipurpose helicopter with coaxial rotors and two Arrius 2G1 French Turbomeca engines which is operated by a crew of two and can house nine passengers.

    As per the IGA, 60 helicopters will be supplied by Russia in fly-away condition while 140 of them will be produced in India under the Make in India scheme. Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence and public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited are the leading contenders for the Make in India component of the deal.

    The BJP government has been keen to promote the private sector in defence and is already working on the concept of strategic partners for private Indian defence manufacturers. It is likely to be unveiled in the revised defence procurement procedure which is scheduled to be announced this month.

    Buoyed by this impetus, industry sources say that the Anil Ambani group has been aggressively working towards getting this deal, which would be the biggest helicopter manufacturing project undertaken in India. Ambani has already announced an investment of Rs 6,500 crore to build a greenfield aerospace equipment manufacturing centre at the multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) SEZ.


    The focus of Tata Advanced System Limited during this visit will be to secure the Maintenance and Repair Operations (MRO) deal for the Sukhoi-S30MKI fighter aircraft supplied by Russia to the Indian Air Force. Developed by Russia’s Sukhoi and built under licence by HAL, IAF will have 272 Sukhoi fighters in service. With the IAF spending more than Rs 3,000 crore on Sukhois every year, a maintenance, repair and spare part production contract will be very attractive for the Tata group.


    The deal for four Talwar class stealth frigates is also likely to be signed during this visit. These vessels are improved variants of six Talwar class frigates already in service with the Indian Navy. While one frigate could be partly built in Russia, the other three are likely to be fully built here under Make in India. With most public shipyards in India already busy with existing orders, the Anil Ambani owned Pipavav Shipyard is seen as a leading contender for making the frigates in Make in India.

    Worth around $6 billion, the deal for S-400 ‘Triumf’ systems was cleared by the DAC last week. India will be the second buyer of the missile system after China which will provide India with the capabilities to hit multiple-range air targets, including fighter jets, bombers, drones, ballistic and cruise missiles up to a range of 400 kilometres. Here, the Make in India component in this deal is rather limited.

    - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/pms-moscow-visit-private-sector-eyes-make-in-india-deals-in-defence/#sthash.mVA3H3IV.dpuf

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    Upgrading Kilo class submarines: L&T set to partner Russia for Rs 5,000-crore defence deal

    Post  Pinto on Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:46 pm

    NEW DELHI: Consolidating its position as the leading Indian defence player in the complex field of underwater warfare, engineering giant Larsen and ToubroBSE -2.19 % is set to get a major share in a Rs 5,000-crore deal to upgrade and refit Russian-origin Kilo class submarines.

    The company, which is already a leading partner for the nuclear submarine project of the Indian Navy, has been chosen as the Indian partner for the Kilo class refit — a program to increase the life of the submarine by 10 years involving complex engineering.

    Sources have told ET that the Russian side has written to the Indian government, informing that an earlier partnership plan with the Anil Ambani promoted Pipavav now stands cancelled as the shipyard would not have been able to meet timelines set by the Navy for the upgrade plan. L&T, which refused to comment on the development when contacted, is now expected to upgrade at least three submarines in India, in what could make the yard a leading contender for similar orders from neighbouring nations that operate Kilo class submarines as well. Sources said that the key factor in choosing L&T was an evaluation of at least three yards that was conducted by Russian shipbuilders.

    "A survey of the equipment profile and finances was conducted at the Cochin Shipyard, Pipavav and the L&T yard at Kattupalli. Only the L&T facility was found technically capable of carrying out the work in the given timeframe," an official involved in the process told ET.

    While the first of the four Kilo class subs will go to the Russian Zvezdochka shipyard for inspection and refit, the remaining three are likely to be modernised at the Kattupalli yard. The first of the submarines to be modernised at private yard — a first for India — will go in by 2017, officials said. An order for 2-3 more submarines could also be commissioned, depending on ongoing acquisition plans of the Navy.

    The Indian Navy is looking to squeeze some more life out of its two decade-old Kilo class submarines, with a contract being signed in October with Russia to extend the service life of the boats to 35 years. The extensive refit will not only extend the life of the subs but will also upgrade their combat potential. The first submarine to be sent is the INS Sindhukesari that will be fitted with Klub land attack cruise missile. The Sindhukesari, which got its first refit in 1999-2001, will also be fitted with several Indian systems.

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    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/50491411.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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    Re: India and Russia joint military projects: News

    Post  max steel on Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:49 am

    Is Another Indo-Russian Defense Deal About to Falter?

    [India and Russia recently failed to agree on moving forward on a joint air transport project.]

    A joint Indo-Russian project to develop a new medium-airlift military transport aircraft, the UAC/HAL II-214 Multi-role Transport Aircraft (MTA), is “almost shelved,” according to an Indian Defense Ministry source interviewed by Defense News.

    The recent December 23 meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to break the “stalemate” over the MTA program, a joint venture for which both countries have co-founded a new company, the Multi Role Transport Aircraft Ltd., established by Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), both of which invested $300 million in the project.
    The new transport plane was expected to enter service by 2019. India was planning to purchase 45 and Russia around 100 aircraft. However, as of now, even the detailed design phase has not been worked out between UAC and HAL, despite a signed May 2012 general contract for the development of the aircraft.

    “The transport aircraft [project] may be shelved because of three reasons. One is engine and secondly there are some internal conflicts in Russia between various stakeholders which is not allowing the desired progress. Thirdly, life of the AN-32 has been extended and the aircraft (upgraded),” according to a senior Indian Air Force official speaking to Defense News on the condition of anonymity.

    “The MTA program is as good as dead, and a global tendering will take place,” he succinctly added. The Indian Air Force is not happy with the selection of the PD-14M turbofan engines and other technical decisions taken by Russian engineers.(Most importantly, India wants the MTA to operate in higher altitudes than the current technical configuration would allow.) The Russian side also wants to increase the program development budget, something that India vehemently opposes.

    The senior Indian Air Force official also noted that operational lifespan of the Indian Air Force’s fleet of Antonov AN-32 transport aircraft has been extended from 25 to 40 years.

    In 2009, the Indian Air Force signed a contract with Ukrspetsexport Corporation, Ukraine’s state-owned arms trading company, to upgrade its 104 AN-32 transport aircraft and extend their service life. The $400 million upgrades included improved avionics, modernization of the cockpit, and a payload capacity increase from 6.7 to 7.5 ton

    Forty aircraft were upgraded in Ukraine, according to IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, whereas 64 planes were to be domestically overhauled at the Indian Air Force’s base repair depot at Kanpur through 2017.

    However, as I reported in March 2015, work in Kanpur had to be discontinued due to missing spare parts and the premature departure of Ukrainian engineers. It remains unclear whether work on the aircraft was continued in the following months.

    Additionally, India is seeking to replace its aging fleet of 56 Avro transport planes. So far no contract has been awarded to defense firms bidding for the estimated $3.5 billion tender.

    The Indian Air Force operates a host of different transport planes including five C-130 J Super Hercules, 17 Iljushin II-76s, a number of Dornier Do 228s, and more than a dozen Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIs.

    During the annual India-Russia summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also failed to resolve an ongoing disagreement between the two countries over the future of a joint fifth generation fighter program.

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    Re: India and Russia joint military projects: News

    Post  sepheronx on Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:18 am

    India hasnt really been a good partner for Russia and if India turns to Ukraine over this, then so be it.  India blamed Russia for Indias incompetence in maintenance of aircraft for years, then to find out people stealing from the company. As well, India has this wierd opinion that they deserve a fifth gen jet without real investments, and to expect 50/50 build when Russia has put in far more as it would be based off of Pak Fa.  And as well, their disagreements to use PD-14M are unfounded, especially since India doesnt actually make such engines themselves and their input would be strange.  But then again, the "anonimous military official" is a common ghost used by media to spread bullshit, and very common in India.

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    Re: India and Russia joint military projects: News

    Post  max steel on Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:36 am

    sepheronx wrote:India hasnt really been a good partner for Russia and if India turns to Ukraine over this, then so be it.  India blamed Russia for Indias incompetence in maintenance of aircraft for years, then to find out people stealing from the company. As well, India has this wierd opinion that they deserve a fifth gen jet without real investments, and to expect 50/50 build when Russia has put in far more as it would be based off of Pak Fa.  And as well, their disagreements to use PD-14M are unfounded, especially since India doesnt actually make such engines themselves and their input would be strange.  But then again, the "anonimous military official" is a common ghost used by media to spread bullshit, and very common in India.

    India seems to be inefficient once again. India-Russia deals : A torturous saga Wink

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    Re: India and Russia joint military projects: News

    Post  GarryB on Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:04 am

    Sounds to me like the best solution is to flanker it... ie russia can increase its budget for development and develop the aircraft and put it into production and then india can add its requirements... different engines etc and apply those changes and call it Tu-214MKI or something and produce it locally.


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    'Make in India' challenge for Kamov helicopter

    Post  Pinto on Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:51 pm

    After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Moscow last month yielded an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) on supplying the Kamov-226T light helicopter to India's military, both sides are struggling to meet the challenging 'Make in India' requirement of building 50 per cent of the helicopter in India.

    Neither side is willing to speak on the record, but Russian sources tell Business Standard that Moscow has accepted responsibility only for indigenising Russian components, which would fall short of the indigenisation level required.

    These sources say the IGA requires New Delhi to negotiate separately with third country vendors for indigenising their components and systems, which make up about two-third of the Kamov-226T. Russian Helicopters, which has developed the Kamov-226T, has sourced its twin engines - which constitute one-third of the chopper's cost - from French company, Turbomeca. Other key systems and avionics have been sourced from the global market.

    HAL sources confirm: "We will have to work with third-country suppliers and co-co-opt them into the indigenization effort to meet the "Make in India" goals.

    Adding to the difficulty, the IGA permits Russian Helicopters to deliver the first 60 helicopters in flyaway condition.

    These would be assembled entirely in Russia, with little scope for indigenisation. That would also be the case with the next 40 or so helicopters, shipped as kits from Russia to be assembled in India.

    That leaves just 100 helicopters for meeting the 50 per cent 'Make in India' goals over the entire fleet of 200.

    HAL, along with other Indian manufacturers, is negotiating with third-party suppliers outside Russia to build Kamov-226T components and systems in India. Bharat Forge is understood to be in talks with Turbomeca to part-build the Kamov-226T's engines in India.

    Russian sources say the Kamov-226T indigenisation has been complicated by an unusually detailed IGA. Traditionally, IGAs consist only of broad statements of intent.

    This IGA, unprecedentedly, mandates an Indo-Russian joint venture for building the helicopter, with a 50.5 per cent stake for HAL, and a 49.5 per cent stake for Russian Helicopters. HAL is permitted to co-opt an Indian vendor with part of its stake.

    According to Russian sources closely involved in negotiating this IGA, "It forms a new model of cooperation between India and Russia, developed specifically for the Kamov-226T.

    The IGA specifies a nine-year period for delivering 200 Kamov-226T helicopters, which begins from the signature of the contract. That amounts to an unambitious 22 helicopters a year.

    The defence ministry believes that India's military, and civilian users like ONGC, Pawan Hans and corporates, will require about 600 new light helicopters when the venerable Chetak/Cheetah fleet is phased out. But the Kamov-226T will have to compete for this market with HAL's new Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), which is ready to make its first flight.

    Business Standard found, during a recent visit to HAL, that the LUH is on track to make its first flight by February. According to HAL projections, the LUH would complete flight certification by mid-2017 and enter production by the year-end.

    The defence ministry has assured HAL it will buy about 200 LUH. With the IGA assuring Russian Helicopters that India would buy 200 choppers, the bulk of the order for the remaining 200 would fall to whichever manufacturer delivers 200 helicopters first.

    With HAL's helicopter close to its first flight, planning has begun for production. On January 3, the prime minster laid the foundation stone for HAL's new facility in Tumkur, where the LUH would be built. Modi declared that the first helicopter built there would take flight by 2018.

    http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/make-in-india-challenge-for-kamov-helicopter-116011800029_1.html

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    Re: India and Russia joint military projects: News

    Post  KiloGolf on Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:24 pm

    Pinto wrote:After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Moscow last month yielded an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) on supplying the Kamov-226T light helicopter to India's military, both sides are struggling to meet the challenging 'Make in India' requirement of building 50 per cent of the helicopter in India.

    Neither side is willing to speak on the record, but Russian sources tell Business Standard that Moscow has accepted responsibility only for indigenising Russian components, which would fall short of the indigenisation level required.

    India's policy of wanting to "buy their way into aerospace" (on the cheap, mainly when it comes to non-US products) is appalling and they know it does not work (see Tejas, INSAS, or whatever). If they wanted so much their own design and manufacture, they had 3-4 decades of copying, reverse-engineering the Mi-8 etc. Much like the Iranians attempted on doing on Cobras and Jet Rangers (the effectiveness is debatable).

    Indians did not, so offering them 10, 20 or 30% co-production and then some sort of license should keep them happy. But they are not... at least so they leak on the press. I suspect these leaks are also politicians' efforts to get (western?) cash under the table and select their product.

    Or I really don't know wtf is wrong with them as they never asked for the same tech transfer on US weapons, in fact these are very restricted on them, as non-allied end-users. MMRCA, C-130J, Globemaster III transports (having Il-76 tankers) or Poseidon's.. while operating a WP-oriented military altogether. Last year they selected Apaches and Chinooks too dunno

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    Russian choppers a favourite with Indian armed forces

    Post  Pinto on Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:15 am

    151 Mi-17V-5s delivered to Indian Air Force; $1.1-billion contract for 48 more likely

    The predominantly Soviet and Russian weaponry that India’s military fired, flew and sailed since the late 1970s has gradually made way for equipment from the United States, France, the UK and, now, even Israel. Yet, in the field of helicopters, Russia reigns supreme.

    On Wednesday, Moscow announced delivery of its final batch of three Mi-17V-5 medium lift helicopters, completing delivery of a $3-billion contract for 151 Mi-17V-5 helicopters.

    With these delivered, the Russian Helicopters plant in Kazan is gearing up for another impending $1.1-billion contract for supplying 48 more Mi-17V-5 helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

    Meanwhile, in December 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin agreed that Russian Helicopters would build and supply at least 200 Kamov-226T light helicopters for India. That contract is currently being negotiated.

    Russia dominates the global helicopter market with rotorcraft renowned for their ruggedness and low cost. According to Russian Helicopters, 8,500 of its choppers are in service worldwide, in over 100 countries. As on 2014, Russian Helicopters built 24 per cent of the world’s military helicopters; 35 per cent of all combat helicopters; and 50 per cent of the medium-heavy transport helicopters.

    Last year, for the first time, India signed contracts worth $3-billion for American helicopters — including 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook multi-mission heavy lift helicopters. These would be delivered over the next three years.

    Even so, in terms of sheer numbers, Russian Mi-series helicopters have always been the backbone of the IAF chopper fleet. Starting from the 1960s, the IAF bought 110 Mi-4 helicopters, then 128 Mi-8, and finally 160 Mi-17s, totalling up to almost 400 helicopters. In addition, the IAF will now operate almost 200 Mi-17V-5s.

    India also bought one squadron of the heavy-lift Mi-26 helicopter, which will soon be replaced by the Chinook CH-47F. The IAF also operated two squadrons of Mi-25 and Mi-35 attack helicopters, which the Apache AH-64E will replace.

    Besides the IAF, the Indian Navy has also been a big user of Russian helicopters. A range of naval warships, including the new aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, embarks the Kamov-28 and Kamov-31 helicopters, which carry out anti-submarine operations and airborne early warning respectively.

    Encouragingly, the biggest competitor to Russian Helicopters for Indian military orders is Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. The Indian aerospace giant has built four successful light helicopters — the Dhruv Advanced Light helicopter; the Rudra, a Dhruv fitted with weaponry; the light combat helicopter; and the coming light utility helicopter. Once these are fully inducted, India’s military will fly more than 600 indigenous choppers.

    The Mi-17V-5, is a more powerful version of the Mi-17 that entered service in the 1980s, with better avionics and night flying ability. The new helicopter is being used to transport troops; supply Indian army outposts on the remote Himalayan border that are unconnected by road, and even transport VIPs.

    In 2008, India had signed a contract for 80 Mi-17V-5s; followed by three additional contracts in 2012-13 for 71 more helicopters.

    Russian helicopters fly in the Mi-17V-5 in ready-to-assemble kits, and Indian technicians put them together at the IAF depot in Chandigarh.

    http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/russian-choppers-a-favourite-with-indian-armed-forces-116020300833_1.html

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    Modi’s Moscow visit moves Russia ties forward

    Post  Pinto on Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:42 pm

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Moscow, for the annual India-Russia summit in late December, has raised levels of trust between the leadership of the two countries and fast-forwarded a variety of deals, particularly those related to defence, sources told RIR.


    With a slew of defence contracts, with countries like Russia and France in particular, taking exceptionally long to get finalised, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called senior officials in the Defence ministry in December last year to ask why projects were getting so delayed. The officials said they were handicapped because they were unsure and inexperienced in their dealings with foreigners, and required a lot of monitoring.

    Once Modi returned from his official visit to Moscow between December 23 and 25 and after his meetings and detailed discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar took over a key post in the Defence Ministry for the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), to ensure smooth coordination and to ensure swift follow through for defence agreements.

    A diplomat from the MEA has assumed charge as Joint Secretary (Planning and International Cooperation) in the Ministry to Defence (MOD) a key position to ensure smoother and faster coordination and swifter follow through of international agreements, primarily those related to defence and energy purchases and collaborations. This, sources said, was a direct outcome of the Indian Prime Minister’s complaint that defence agreements were not being followed through properly.

    Another key take-away from the meeting between Modi and Putin, particularly after the one-on-one meeting they had at the private dinner for the Indian Prime Minister hosted by the Russian President at his dacha, was that the two leaders established a really good rapport with and trust in each other. According to sources, “they got on really well during the visit and developed the kind of relationship that was missing in their earlier bilateral encounters”. They had met on several occasions, but “the Russian President had always appeared pre-occupied and distracted,” a source said. “But this time, they were on the same page, and talked for hours, understanding each other’s vision.”

    That is among the reasons the joint statement issued on December 24, 2015, after the summit meeting, was called ‘Shared Trust, New Horizons’, moving forward from the more general ‘Druzhba Dosti’ (friendship) issued after the 2014 Summit.

    According to sources, since the visit and the MEA assuming the key position, the follow through on agreements has been progressing with greater speed and efficiency. That’s why the PAK FA talks went on simultaneously with the discussions on purchase of the ‘Rafale’ (when French President Francois Hollande visited India as Chief Guest for the Indian Republic Day celebrations on January 26). Discussions and financial details of the joint India-Russia FGFA were also sorted through and approved by the Indian Defence Acquisitions Council, even as the French President was concluding his visit.

    Russia has made a new offer on the delivery of Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) fighter jets to India under the joint fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) initiative. Under the new offer, India will have to pay $3.7 billion, instead of $6 billion, for the technological know-how and three prototypes of PAK FA fighters, television and print media channels reported.

    India and Russia signed an inter-governmental agreement to co-develop and co-produce the FGFA in 2007. This was followed by a $295 million preliminary design contract in December 2010. The project is modelled on the successful ‘Brahmos’ missile project, and involves Russia’s Sukhoi Design Bureau and the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

    Also, last week, the Indian Union Cabinet of ministers gave assent to an agreement signed between India and Russia for joint implementation of competitive research projects in areas of basic and exploratory sciences. The agreement, which was signed in May 2015, is valid for six years and could be extended through mutual consent between the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Russian Science Federation (RSF). It provides for competitive research grants to Indians and Russians for joint projects in areas like mathematics, computer and systems science, physics and space science, chemistry and material science, biology and life science, basic research for medicine, agricultural science, earth science and engineering science.

    "Decision to identify research projects for funding would be taken jointly by DST and RSF. The results of this cooperation will lead to generation of new knowledge, joint scientific publications, manpower training and IP generation through collaboration," an official statement said after the Indian Cabinet meeting.

    http://in.rbth.com/economics/cooperation/2016/02/08/modis-moscow-visit-moves-russia-ties-forward_565809

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    India, Russia revive 5th-generation fighter aircraft talks; Kamov cost negotiations begin

    Post  Pinto on Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:38 pm

    NEW DELHI: After a hiatus of nearly a year, India and Russia have revived talks on the much-delayed fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA). Alsom cost negotiations for the joint production of 200 Kamov 226T helicopters have begun.

    A high level Russian delegation is in town to hold negotiations on both the projects, high-level defence sources said. "We have got the clearance to restart the talks. Accordingly, a Russian team is here and cost negotiations began yesterday," the sources said.

    India has already pumped in about $290 million into the project but it got delayed because the IAF had some issues. Russia has made a new offer on the delivery of Sukhoi T-50 (PAK-FA) fighter jets to India under the joint FGFA initiative.

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    Under the new offer, India will have to pay $3.7 billion, instead of $6 billion, for the technological know-how and three prototypes of PAK-FA fighters. In 2010, India had agreed to pay $295 million towards the preliminary design of the fighter.

    The code name of the project in India is perspective multirole fighter (PMF).

    The Russian delegation will also hold talks with state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for 200 Kamov 226T light helicopters to replace the ageing fleet of Cheetah and Chetak, in a deal estimated to be worth $1 billion under the "Make in India" initiative.

    The defence ministry had in August last year scrapped a scam-tainted tender worth over Rs 6,000 crore to procure 197 light utility helicopters for Army and Air Force to replace the fleet of Cheetah and Chetak choppers, which are used to move troops and equipment to high-altitude locations like Siachen.

    Following Russia's offer to manufacture Kamov in India, the defence acquisition council, chaired by defence minister Manohar Parrikar, accepted it.


    Though the initial order is only for 200 helicopters, it is likely to be increased later on.



    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Russia-revive-5th-generation-fighter-aircraft-talks-Kamov-cost-negotiations-begin/articleshow/50932828.cms

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    Post  JohninMK on Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:12 am

    Now got to Sputnik

    MOSCOW(Sputnik) – "We have got the clearance to restart the talks. Accordingly, a Russian team is here and cost negotiations began yesterday," a high-level defense source told the newspaper on Wednesday.

    Russia made a new offer, under which India would have to pay $3.7 billion, instead of $6 billion, for the technological know-how and three prototypes of PAK-FA fighters, The Times of India said. According to the newspaper, the Russian delegation will also hold negotiations on the production of 200 Kamov 226T helicopters. The contract to produce the helicopters for India's Air Force was signed during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's December 2015 visit to Moscow.

    The FGFA project came about following a Russian-Indian cooperation agreement signed on October 18, 2007. The estimated total cost of the project in 2008 amounted to $11 billion, which was to be covered through equal investment by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Russia’s Sukhoi Company.


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    Indo-Russian Kamov chopper JV may rope in private players; Bharat Forge likely contender to make engines

    Post  Pinto on Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:33 am

    An Indo-Russian joint venture to produce a new series of light military choppers in India is likely to rope in at least one private sector partner for the $1-billion project, with Pune based Bharat Forge emerging as a likely contender to manufacture engines.

    With talks on the joint production of over 200 Kamov Ka 226 chopper progressing after an agreement was inked during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Moscow in December, officials have said that there is scope for one or two private sector companies to contribute.

    A senior team from Russian Helicopters is currently in New Delhi to sort out technical and financial aspects of the deal which will provide the army much-needed light choppers for operations in high altitude areas like the Siachen glacier where antiquated aircraft like the Cheetah helicopters are still operating.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/indo-russian-kamov-chopper-jv-may-rope-in-private-players-bharat-forge-likely-contender-to-make-engines/articleshow/50938813.cms

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    Private firms to help make Kamov copters

    Post  Pinto on Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:51 pm

    As India and Russia firm up their alliance to produce Kamov military helicopters, it has been decided that the public sector giant, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), will not be the only Indian partner in the project.
    The Ministry of Defence is looking to have private sector Indian investors to share a part of the contract that India has to execute under a joint venture with Russia. The Indian side will hold 50.50 per cent stake in the joint venture of which the private sector companies will be strategic partners with HAL. The private partners could be doing various tasks of making the copter India at HAL’s Bangalore facility. The HAL will remain the lead integrator of the copter, sources said.
    Kamov-HAL will produce 200 of the Kamov 226-T copters at a cost of nearly Rs 6,500 crore or Rs 32 crore per copter in India. It will be an inter-governmental deal like the ones earlier for the Russian Sukhoi-30-MKI fighter jets in India or the T-90 tanks. The HAL is owned by the Ministry of Defence and has previous experience at making copters.

    The Indian forces need some 800 light utility helicopters over the next decade, a demand which cannot be fulfilled by the HAL alone. The Indo-Russia joint venture aims to have an annual production capacity of 40-60 helicopters.

    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had last year announced a two-pronged plan to ramp up copter production in India. The first part was to ramp up capacity at HAL and, the second, to invite foreign participation to collaborate with Indian companies.

    The first part of expansion of HAL kicked off on January 3 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the stone for HAL’s new helicopter manufacturing facility at Tumkuru, 100 km from Bengaluru.

    Under the India-Russia agreement, the engine of the Kamov will involve a separate partnership. The Kamov uses French engine-maker Turbomeca’s power plant. The HAL already has a partnership with the same French company to produce engines for its indigenously developed copter, the advanced light helicopter, called Dhruv. The Kamov 226-T is also fitted with Turbomeca engines, but a different variant.

    HAL in the past has licensed-produced the French origin Cheetah/Chetak light utility helicopter. The twin-engine Kamov 226-T will replace the single-engine Cheetah/Chetak.

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/private-firms-to-help-make-kamov-copters/197305.html

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    Post  George1 on Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:39 pm

    "Tehmash" will discuss the establishment of a joint India ammunition production

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    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:37 pm

    Russia Discusses Licensing Admiral Grigorovich Frigate Production to India.

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    Russia, India set to sign contract on after-sale maintenance of Mi-8/17 helicopters

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    Licensed production of Kalashnikov assault rifles to be set up in India

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    Moscow, New Delhi in Talks on Modernization of Indian Submarine Fleet


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    Post  max steel on Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:03 pm

    Indian DM Urges to Speed Up Signing of Ka-226T Helicopter Production Deal

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    Russia keen to expand licensed production of Su-30MKI, T-90S tanks

    Post  Pinto on Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:44 am

    Russia is looking at expanding the licensed production of Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets and T-90S tanks in India, Anatoly Punchuk, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told Interfax-AVN on March 29.

    “Both projects have been successful. If our Indian partners are interested, Russia will definitely be ready to enlarge licensed production of Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets and T-90S tanks in India,” Punchuk said.

    he Indian Air Force operates more than 200 Su-30MKI jets that were made in India under licensed production with the assistance of Irkut Corporation (a unit of United Aircraft Corporation). The total orders stand at 272 planes, and an additional delivery of 40 Su-30MKI knockdown kits is being considered.

    The Indian army operates more than 500 T-90 tanks designed by Russia's Uralvagonzavod. India wants to enlarge their number to more than 1,300 by 2020 by means of licensed production at local plants.

    India accounts for over 30 percent of Russia's overall arms exports. Each year, Moscow supplies New Delhi with various types of armaments worth about $4 billion. Approximately $20 billion worth of contracts have been signed and are being implemented.

    Since 1960, India has procured about $40 billion worth of Russian armaments and military hardware, according to Rosoboronexport.

    https://rbth.com/business/2016/03/29/russia-keen-to-expand-licensed-production-of-su-30mki-t-90s-tanks-in-india_579913

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    Post  Pinto on Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:40 am

    1 April 2016 TASS

    Russia is keen to sell its comprehensive security system, combining individual and ‘Secure City’ aspects, to Indian defence and law enforcement establishments. Sergey Goreslavsky of Rosoboronexport said Russia’ “open” partnership policy gave it an advantage in defence collaboration with India.

    Russia’s representation at the just concluded Defexpo India 2016 was the largest numerically, with over 60 companies and more than 500 defence professionals presented. They displayed their latest innovations and universally well-known arms and military equipment.

    Sergey Goreslavsky Deputy General Director of Rosoboronexport, said this reflected the fact that India was, is, and will remain Russia’s main strategic partner in the sphere of military-technical cooperation.

    Make in India

    While prospects of Russia expanding its presence in the Indian defence arena are growing, Russia’s competitors are pushing to strengthen their position here, but, according to Goreslavsky, “no one (in Russia) is losing sleep over this”.

    About the question of whether Russia is losing market share in India, there is only one answer, Goreslavsky said, “no, we are not losing it. I will say more than that; there are reasons to expect that Russian technologies will be expanding here even more in the future,” said Goreslavsky.

    During the exposition, Rosoboronexport actively worked with Indian partner companies and with representatives of the Defence Ministry, including the minister himself, to work on implementation of tasks under the “Make in India” programme.

    Goreslavsky and Rosoboronexport stressed that for India, Russia is an attractive partner, being the most open when it comes technology transfers.

    Comprehensive security

    The Indian partners were particularly interested in the Russian comprehensive security system, presented by Rosoboronexport.

    This concept was developed on the basis of domestic and international experience, and includes a wide range of facilities, including the “Secure City” system; special technologies to monitor the borders, ensure the security of objects, identify various attributes of individuals within the framework of counter-terrorism activities, as well as to monitor the violation of state borders.


    This comprehensive system ensured security at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in 2014. Now it has developed greater depth and Moscow hopes that customers will be able to use it in specific parts, rather than the entire system at once.

    The comprehensive security system is a broad concept, which consists of special small arms, special vehicle protection equipment, small helicopters of the ANSAT or Ka-226 class, as well as mobile centres to organize security operations in remote locations, especially important in mountainous areas, said Goreslavsky.

    Rosoboronexport is pursuing a very ambitious goal; to expand the parameters and scope of Russia’s defence cooperation in the international market by partnering not only with the defence ministries of different states, but also with institutions combating terrorism, law enforcement agencies, and so on. In India, other than the Ministry of Defence, Goreslavsky said, “we are also holding talks with major administrative structures; states that have budgets for organizing protection of specific objects and preserving the rule of law.”

    Fifth-generation fighter

    At the exhibition, one of the most acclaimed Russian-Indian projects – the fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), was also discussed. During talks with the Indian Defence Minister, both sides again confirmed their intentions about the project, and said work on it should be accelerated.

    Goreslavsky emphasized that the project requires involvement of a large number of experts from each country, because it is a very high-tech product. India’s technological capabilities are being factored in and everything is going according to plan.

    A draft contract is now being prepared for the design and experimental work. This will be an important step, after which a “road map” will be developed for production of the aircraft.

    Both countries are interested in speeding up this process.

    “But one should not get ahead of oneself, and that is why we have to first agree on everything, all the way to the last screw,” said Goreslavsky.

    First published in Russian by TASS.

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    Will produce Ka-226T chopper with HAL not just for Indian market, but also for exports: Rostec

    Post  Pinto on Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:08 pm

    NEW DELHI: Russia's major defence manufacturer Rostec said that, the company was looking forward to export Ka-226T choppers from India. Dmitriy Shugaev, Deputy General Director of Rostec told Economictimes.com,

    "While the initial 40 Ka-226T helicopters will be manufactured in Russia and delivered to India, subsequently the rest will be manufactured in India. We are looking to jointly produce them not just for the needs of the Indian market, but also for exports, which would result in far more units in this project than the original 200."

    On being asked about when can the production of first chopper be expected in India, Shugaev said, "At this point the final design of the Make-in-India Ka-226T is still being finalised. However, in our experience complex projects involving the setting up of a new production facility could take up to three or four years from the time of the agreement to them finally being delivered to the end-customer."

    Rostec exhibited a wide range of missile systems during Defence Expo 2016, and is confident of creating a niche in India. While applauding India's missile technology, Sergei Goreslavsky, Deputy General Director of Rosoboronexport said," We believe we have a lot of offer to India, in terms of the sheer range and capabilities of our varied missile systems. We definitely see a market for our missile systems in India over the long term, both as a seller and also as a co-development partner." Goreslavsky also said, " The 'Verba' MANPADS, which is currently entering service into the Russian military, has been shown internationally for the very first time in India. We believe the Verba is a very relevant system for use in India particularly in areas of difficult terrain and tough climate."

    Rosoboronexport, part of Rostec, is the sole Russian state intermediary agency responsible for import and export of the full range of and dual-use end products, technologies and services.


    Talking about government's Make-in-India vision, the Russian officials said, "Implementation of Make-in-India will take time, because those in the private sector are only just entering the defence manufacturing sector. So we must all learn to be a little more patient as this matures."

    Stating India's prospects of becoming a major manufacturing hub, the officials said, "With time, the complexity and scale of offerings from India will only increase. We definitely see this happening given the Indian government's commitment to manufacturing."

    On being asked to comment on future defence ventures in India, Rostec said, "Russia is one of India's oldest and most trusted defence partners. Today up to 70% of India's navy and up to 80% of India's air force is of Russian-made. The business opportunity for Russia has always been significant and continues to remain so, especially in relation to modernisation and replacement programs."

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    Post  max steel on Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:27 pm

    Russian company eyes additional engine sales to India and China

    The Russian United Engine-building Corporation (UEC) is considering an Indian application for the delivery of more than 100 additional AL-31FP engines for its Su-30MKI fighters, a representative of the company said at India's Defexpo 2016 exhibition, held in Goa from 28 to31 March.

    "Late last year Rosoboronexport [Russia's defence export agency] received from the Indian Air Force a tender application for over 100 AL-31FP engines to be delivered in 2017-21. It is being considered in order to assess the load on our enterprises and determine the delivery schedule," the source said.

    At present UEC is fulfilling Rosoboronexport's optional contract for the delivery of 920 AL-31FP engines to India over 10 years, which was signed in 2012.


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