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    Post  sepheronx on Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:21 pm

    AK-103 would be a great choice.
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    Post  GarryB on Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:28 am

    I remember reading about a multi calibre version of AK12 called AK12SN or something...

    It would come with a range of barrel lengths for use as a carbine up to light machinegun.

    The reason I think this would be a better choice is because India reportedly prefers 7.62 x 39mm calibre weapons for urban combat and 5.56mm calibre weapons for open areas... having multicalibre weapons means they can have both.

    Personally I think the high velocity small calibre rounds with heavier rounds for DMR and LMG and MMG roles is the best combo... though obviously I would prefer 5.45mm to 5.56mm.


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    The Russia-India submarine tango will blindside the US Navy

    Post  Pinto on Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:22 am

    13 November 2015 RAKESH KRISHNAN SIMHA

    Commissioning of Russian nuclear subs in the Indian Navy will generate a huge spinoff for both India and Russia.



    Russia and India – either through design or happenstance – are set to engage the western navies in an interesting game of undersea hide and seek.

    Chasing nuclear submarines is how major navies earn their keep. The Russian and US fleets track each other’s subs on a 24/7 basis by listening to the acoustic signatures – a combination of noise emissions – that are unique to each type of submarine.

    For several decades the Americans held the advantage as they claimed to have quieter submarines. The Russians closed the gap by the mid-1980s and today their submarines have got the inside track on the US Navy. The net result is this undersea contest has become more intense now and the stakes are a lot higher too.

    Unlike surface ships and aircraft, submarines do not have markings or IFF (Identify Friend/Foe) codes that can out them. The only way to identify a sub is through its acoustics. This aspect works to the advantage of Russia and India if both have the same class of submarines.

    The signature of an Indian Navy Akula is indistinguishable from the acoustics of a similar submarine with the Russian Navy, making it difficult or perhaps impossible for the Americans to tell one from the other. As more Russian nuclear submarines join the Indian Navy’s undersea fleet, it just adds to the complexity of tracking Russian submarines. The US Navy will have to divert more time, effort, vessels, aircraft and personnel to this increasingly complex job.

    The US Navy does not just track the Russian fleets but Indian Navy vessels too. According to a report by the Indian Military Review (February 2014), the American P3 Orion aircraft operating in the Indian Ocean are known to generate data on both Russian and Indian submarines.

    Since secrecy is paramount for the survival of submarines – which usually lack self-defence weapons – India cannot risk any country knowing the whereabouts of its second strike element. Hoping the US will not pass on information about the location of Indian submarines to Pakistan or China is not only bad policy but potentially suicidal as well. The wiser option is to achieve submarine synergies between the Russian and Indian navies and blindside anyone who is tracking their fleets.

    Reports that New Delhi is in talks with Moscow to lease a second nuclear submarine for 10 years suggests this undersea synergy could be a reality in the coming years.

    Akula: Wolf of the sea

    The latest submarine likely to be handed over to the Indian Navy will be the K-322 Kashalot, which Russia’s Pacific Fleet had kept in reserve. This is the third time India is leasing a nuclear-powered attack submarine from Russia.

    The Kashalot belongs to the same Akula II class as the INS Chakra II which is currently on a 10-year lease to the Indian Navy. The 8140 ton vessel has a submerged speed of 30 knots, has achieved a dive of a phenomenal 620 metres and is equipped with eight torpedo tubes. It has an endurance of 100 days with a crew of 73. According to the RusNavy.com, the submarine achieved a Russian Navy record in 1991 by trailing foreign submarines for over 14 days without interruption.

    No wonder the Indian Navy loves the Akula. “The Akula was built for one reason and one reason only: To kill US Navy ballistic missile submarines and their crews,” a US official told the Beacon. “It’s a very stealthy boat so it can sneak around and avoid detection and hope to get past any protective screen a boomer might have in place,” the official said, referring to the US Navy nickname for strategic missile submarines.

    That pretty much sums up why the Akula was a big scare word among western navies during the 1980s. After a brief absence during the 1990s, when the Russian Navy shrank faster than a deflated balloon, these upgraded attack submarines are back, prowling the oceans.

    Yasen for India?

    If the Akula was a scareword, then the Yasen is a frightful nightmare for its opponents. The cruise-missile carrying boat was designed to target US aircraft carrier strike groups. Considering that India is a former victim of American gunboat diplomacy, the Yasen should be the perfect solution for scuttling any foreign adventurism in the Indian Ocean.

    According to the US Naval Institute, “One of the US Navy’s top submarine officers was so impressed with Russia’s new (Yasen) nuclear attack boats that he had a model of K-329 Severodvinsk built for his office. Rear Admiral Dave Johnson said he had the model of Severodvinsk placed outside his office in a common area so that he could look at it every day on his way to his office.”

    The 13,800 ton (more than double the size of the INS Arihant), 390 feet long submarine has a maximum “silent” speed of about 20 knots and a maximum speed of up to 40 knots. The sea endurance of these boats is limited only by food supplies.

    The Yasen and similar new generation submarines have allowed the Russians to run rings around the Americans in recent years, demonstrating a quantum leap in technology and high levels of seamanship.

    http://in.rbth.com/economics/2015/07/13/russia_offers_india_a_super_submarine_44197

    According to strategic affairs expert Bharat Karnad, “Despite the vaunted anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the US Navy, a Victor III class Russian SSN....tailed an Ohio-class SSBN almost to its pen in Guam without anybody getting wind of it — that’s how loud the US boomer is in turbulence terms and how little turbulence is generated by the Russian boat.”

    He adds: “Russian subs have since the sixties carried electro-optical devices in the sail and the hull to detect turbulence and identify enemy subs by their turbulence signatures. The Yasen can be in the SSGN cruise missile-carrying configuration, or, if India so wishes, it can be modified to carry a mixed ordnance load of conventional cruise missiles and nuclear ballistic missiles. That would be a devastating dual-purpose land attack-cum-strategic targeting weapons platform nonpareil to have in the Indian Navy service. There’s nothing like the Yasen-class with the Chinese Navy.”



    http://in.rbth.com/2015/11/13/the-rusia-india-submarine-tango-will-blindside-the-us-navy_539799
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    Re: India and Russia joint military projects: News

    Post  max steel on Sat Nov 14, 2015 1:10 pm

    article is rubbish. US asw skills aren't that great. Mind you. Don't believe in the propaganda that US keep track of Russian subs 24/7, nope.
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    Post  Pinto on Sat Nov 14, 2015 1:36 pm

    max steel wrote:article is rubbish. US asw skills aren't that great. Mind you. Don't believe in the propaganda that US keep track of Russian subs 24/7, nope.

    well bro the article says the US tries weather they succeed or not is not clear but article also says some interesting things about Russian subs trailing US ships as below

    “Despite the vaunted anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the US Navy, a Victor III class Russian SSN....tailed an Ohio-class SSBN almost to its pen in Guam without anybody getting wind of it — that’s how loud the US boomer is in turbulence terms and how little turbulence is generated by the Russian boat.”

    He adds: “Russian subs have since the sixties carried electro-optical devices in the sail and the hull to detect turbulence and identify enemy subs by their turbulence signatures. The Yasen can be in the SSGN cruise missile-carrying configuration, or, if India so wishes, it can be modified to carry a mixed ordnance load of conventional cruise missiles and nuclear ballistic missiles. That would be a devastating dual-purpose land attack-cum-strategic targeting weapons platform nonpareil to have in the Indian Navy service. There’s nothing like the Yasen-class with the Chinese Navy.”
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    Re: India and Russia joint military projects: News

    Post  max steel on Sat Nov 14, 2015 1:38 pm

    I've proof showing US asw skills aren't upto the mark( PS:- But still it's better than many countries, mind you). No idea about Russian ASW skills though.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:00 pm

    max steel wrote:I've proof showing US asw skills aren't upto the mark( PS:- But still it's better than many countries, mind you). No idea about Russian ASW skills though.

    Well Russia successfully identified and repelled a U.S. Virginia Class attack sub in the Arctic, before it entered Russian naval borders in the August of 2014:

    https://www.rt.com/news/179216-us-submarine-russian-waters/
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    Russian Cabinet approves new Indo-Russian joint MTA

    Post  Pinto on Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:36 pm

    The Russian government has proposed that funds allocated in the 2016 federal budget to the authorized capital of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), be directed to the development of Indian-Russian multirole transport aircraft (MTA) – the MS-21 aircraft family. Alexey Lavrov, Deputy Finance Minister, stated this while introducing an amendment at a meeting of the State Duma Budget and Taxes Committee.






    The corresponding amendment to the draft federal budget for 2016 has been proposed by the government. Lavrov said the development of the MTA aircraft project is being delayed. “In this connection, we are proposing to authorize the capital contributions, being made from the state budget, be directed towards the building of the MS-21 aircraft,” he said.
    Andrey Makarov, Chairman of the Budget Committee, proposed postponing the decision on this amendment until November 27.

    “These funds are there all the time; they are not being used and are sitting in the deposit accounts of the company. Let us postpone this amendment until Friday,” he said. The parliamentarian asked to have an official briefing paper submitted by Friday, showing what kind of proceeds have been received in connection with this project, how are they being used, and how much additional funding is being proposed for the UAC from the federal budget.

    The UAC has significant unused funds sitting in its bank accounts, received in the form of contributions to its share capital in 2009 and 2011 from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. These were made to finance Russia’s obligations in this project, involving the building of a Russian-Indian multirole transport aircraft. The UAC, with approval of the Ministry of Industry and Trade converted these unused funds into US dollars in 2011. The resulting income, from 2011, amounted to 539.1 million rubles and $24.3 million, or around 1,534 billion rubles, while the remaining unused contributions to share capital on October 30, 2015 (taking into account changes in the ruble/dollar exchange rate) now amounts to 17.857 billion rubles.

    The Chamber of Accounts has noted that there was no information available on the completion of negotiations or on the conclusion of a contract to perform experimental design work on the development of the MTA. No decision has been made on a schedule to utilize the unused UAC funds. In this regard, the Chamber of Accounts has proposed that UAC distribute these unused funds as contributions to the charter capital of its subsidiaries, subject to a corresponding decision by the Russian government.

    An intergovernmental agreement between Russia and India to jointly develop and build the MTA aircraft was signed in 2007. This was the first time that these two countries had concluded an agreement on equal-share joint financing of a new project in the aircraft industry. This aircraft is to be manufactured in both Russia and in India. According to its technical specifications, the MTA is classified as a medium military transport aircraft, which can carry a wide-variety of cargo weighing up to 20 tons at distances of over 2,000 kilometres, using paved and unpaved runways. The aircraft will also be able to operate from high-altitude airfields in any geographic and climatic conditions.

    The MS-21 is a Russian airliner that was built to replace the Tu-154 and Tu-134. The MS-21 comes in three versions: MS-21-200 (150 seats), MS-21-300 (180 seats) and MS-21-400 (212 seats).

    Earlier, Yury Slyusar, head of the United Aircraft Corporation reported that this aircraft would be rolled out in Irkutsk later this year, and is expected to take its first flight in mid-2016

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    Post  Militarov on Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:46 pm

    "Russia will sign a contract with India soon to provide after-warranty maintenance for the Indian aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, CEO of the Sevmash shipyard, part of Russia’s United Ship-Building Corporation, Mikhail Budnichenko said on Monday. The ship Vikramaditya is the former Russian-made Project 11434 aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov transferred to the Indian Navy after its upgrade.
    "As for the after-sale service as an integral part of the aircraft carrier’s after-warranty maintenance, the issue is currently under discussion with the Indian side. A final decision is expected in the imminent future at the next round of talks," Budnichenko said.

    In 2015, the Sevmash shipyard has fulfilled its obligations to provide warranty services for the aircraft carrier’s equipment, except for its several systems, and switched to its after-warranty maintenance, Budnichenko said. The Sevmash is assisting the Indian Navy in providing maintenance services for some of the aircraft carrier’s equipment. "We continue cooperating with our Indian partners actively. The Indian Navy commanders have said that all the ship’s systems and mechanisms allow its crew to accomplish assigned missions," the CEO said. According to Budnichenko, the aircraft carrier and deck-based aviation are being used "very intensively." Meanwhile, a group of Russian specialists staying in India on a permanent basis "is removing the ship’s imperfections quickly and providing for its maintenance at a high professional level" in close cooperation with its crew and Western Fleet commanders, Budnichenko said.



    The Indian Navy received the aircraft carrier from Russia in November 2013 after the Sevmash shipyard modernized it. Under a package intergovernmental agreement signed in New Delhi in 2004, India received the hull of the Russian-made aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov for free but on the condition that it would be modernized at the Sevmash shipyard and armed with Russian-made aircraft. After the repairs, the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya has a displacement of 45,400 tons, a length of 283 meters and a hangar length of 130 meters. The ship has a modern flight deck and a ski-jump ramp for aircraft takeoff, navigation and radar systems, aircraft communication and control systems and other special equipment and mechanisms. The aircraft carrier has a full speed of 29 knots and endurance of 7,000 miles at a speed of 18 knots. The ship can carry 30 aircraft, including Mikoyan MiG-29K/KUB (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-D) multipurpose fighter jets and Kamov Ka-27/Ka-31 (Helix) helicopters. The ship’s crew totals 1,200 with a 450-strong air wing."


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    India to Diversify Air Force With Local, Russian Aircraft - Air Staff Chief

    Post  Pinto on Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:03 pm

    New Delhi will purchase Russian-developed Su-30MKI aircraft and Indian-made TejasMK-II planes as well as French-built Rafale fighters for Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said.

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    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande agreed to supply the Indian Air Force with 36 French-built Rafale multirole fighters in April. Initially India planned to buy 126 Rafale jets to modernize its air force.
    "We are looking forward to receiving the Rafales. Apart from this, there are other aircraft we are looking at. We will also be getting more Su-30MKIs. An order has also been placed for 120 Tejas Mk-IIs. There are many plans and things will change in the next 10-12 years," Raha said on Sunday, as quoted by The Economic Times.

    He added that the need for new fighters stems from the upcoming retirement of the country's Mig-27 ML fighter jets that have not been upgraded in recent years.

    India is planning to form several additional fighter squadrons in the near future.



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    India set to ink defence deals worth more than 1 Lakh Cr (USD 15bn) with Russia

    Post  Pinto on Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:53 am

    India and Russia are likely to sign several high profile defence agreements during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Moscow for his annual summit with President Vladimir Putin. The deals include a mega contract to acquire S-400 anti-ballistic missile systems at a cost of around Rs 70,000 crores, top sources in the Defence Ministry said.




    Mr Modi is likely to visit Moscow immediately after the winter session of Parliament, most probably on December 24-25. Other defence deals, which may on the table include the purchase of 48 Mi-17V5 attack helicopters for the IAF and 50 Kamov multirole choppers for the Indian Navy. Talks to lease one more nuclear submarine from Russia seems to have hit the road block. “We are no more considering to lease the nuclear submarine,” said a top level naval official.

    The Russians had offered Kashalot K-322 nuclear power submarine of project 971 Shchuka to India and the talks were going on for some months. Indian Navy is already operating a Nerpa class Russian nuclear-powered submarine ‘INS Chakra,’ which it leased from Moscow in 2012 for ten years. The Indian Navy operated a Russian nuclear submarine for ten years back in the early 1980s.

    The Russians have offered to upgrade the submarine based on Indian requirements and promised to handover the charge of the vessel in 2018 after the repair, upgrade and testing work and the Indian crew’s training are completed. The official would not say why the talks for leasing submarine is not fructifying. However, deal for S-400 missile system said to be firmly on track.


    The modalities, including the price of deal and number of systems to be acquired, were agreed upon during the meeting of India-Russia Inter Governmental Commission on Military-Technical-Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) which was co-chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu in the first week of last month

    Source: http://www.defencenews.in/article/India-set-to-ink-defence-deals-worth-more-than-1-Lakh-Cr-(USD-15bn)-with-Russia-1160
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    India-based JV being considered for supply of Sukhoi-30 spares

    Post  Pinto on Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:51 am



    India and Russia are exploring the possibility of setting up a joint venture in India to improve supply of spares for the Sukhoi-30 frontline fighter aircraft. The two sides are also in advance negotiations for a long term agreement for spares for the fleet, of which just over 50 per cent are operational at any given point of time.

    “We recently got an inquiry from India for a long term spares agreement for five years. It will increase the serviceability of the aircraft. Spares contract will allow us to deliver to deliver spares faster once we get an indent from the Air Force,” Valery V Chishchevoy, Marketing Director of Sukhoi told visiting Indian journalists who are in Moscow as part of a media tour organised by United Aircraft Corporation of Russia.

    The agreement will simplify the bureaucratic procedures for procuring spares and hence cut the time required to process any request from the Air Force by simplifying procedures like customs, bank guarantees, letter of credit and so on. The prices for spares and a method for price escalation will also be factored in, company officials said.

    The idea is to eventually increase serviceability to 75 per cent for the Air Force’s Sukhoi fleet. Sukhois are the main stay of the Air Force but have poor availability due to spares and maintenance issues. Currently it takes 4-12 months from the time Air Force has a requirement to the time production begins in Russia after necessary approvals. The effort is to bring that down, Sukhoi officials said.

    Earlier this year Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had informed Parliament that efforts were on to improve the serviceability rate of Sukhoi’s to 75 per cent by this year end from the current level of 56-57 per cent.

    “We have been trying to improve the serviceability of Sukhois. It has improved by seven% in last 8-9 months to reach to 56-57 per cent,” he told the Rajya Sabha, exuding hope that it would go up to 75 per cent by the year end.

    India and Russia started working on a long-term agreement in 2006 and eventually agreed on a technical assistance agreement in 2012 for aircraft maintenance and spares which brought down time of repairs of aircraft to be sent to Russia from 8-15 months to 60 days said Viacheslav Yu. Lozan, Director of After Sales Centre of Sukhoi. However both sides felt the need to further improve the availability of spares to increase the availability of the aircraft.

    As part the spares agreement Sukhoi is exploring possibility of setting up of a Joint Venture with an Indian partner in India to ensure quick availability of spares.

    Though the company is open for tie up with private players, Mr. Chishchevoy said that at the moment Indian private players are not ready to take up such complex technological work and added that they have had good experience working with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

    India has contracted for 272 Su-30 MKI aircraft and the Air Force has already inducted over 200 of them with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited licensing manufacturing the aircraft in India.

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    Russia’s Sukhoi optimistic about Tata for India joint venture

    Post  Pinto on Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:50 am

    MOSCOW: Russia's top aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi is exploring the possibility of investing in an Indian joint venture (JV) for the maintenance and spares production of its combat aircraft Su 30 in what could make India a hub for the fighter fleets operating in the region.

    Atop Sukhoi executive told ETthat the liberalised foreign direct investment (FDI) norms have opened the possibility of a JV and the Russian manufacturer is in talks with Indian private sector companies.

    "In the near future, we may establish a joint venture and create a unit in India for service and maintenance that can implement repair and overhauls of the aircraft and engines jointly. We can also cover all the other nations in the region and repair and service their aircraft in India," Valery V Chishchevoy, marketing director of Sukhoi, told ET.

    The executive said while similar plans were discussed in the past, the recent changes in the FDI policy has opened up a real possibility of setting up such a unit. On being asked by ET if Sukhoi would consider its traditional partner — Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) — or other Indian players for the proposed JV, Chishchevoy said the Russian entity is in talks with private companies and that Tata is the only one with technical expertise.

    "We are also open to other companies (than HAL). We have met some private companies on this issue but we have the impression that they don't have the experience to be involved in such a big project. Except for Tata, which has some good experience that also comes from automobile manufacturing, other companies are not yet capable to undertake this," the Sukhoi official said.

    Maintenance and servicing of the Su 30 could mean big business, considering that the air force is believed to be spending well over Rs 3,000 crore annually on the fleet.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/russias-sukhoi-optimistic-about-tata-for-india-joint-venture/articleshow/50099704.cms
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    India-Russia to sign landmark deal for Kamov 226 choppers during PM Modi's

    Post  Pinto on Thu Dec 10, 2015 6:07 pm

    MOSCOW: India and Russia are set to sign a landmark deal to jointly manufacture new generation of light military choppers under the Make in India initiative during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Moscow later this month.


    The light choppers are desperately needed by Army to replace ageing Cheetah/Chetak helicopters that are deployed to support troops at high altitude areas

    While the inter governmental contract for producing over 200 of the Kamov 226 choppers will be inked, a top Russian official has said that other details, including the selection of the Indian partner for the $ 1 billion deal will be decided later.

    "We have been discussing the production of the Ka 226 in India for a long time and we hope that during the visit of the Indian Prime Minister we will sign the agreement. Russian Helicopters and its subsidiaries and component manufacturers are ready to supply kits for its assembly in India as well as to localize production," Deputy Minister Andrey Boginskiy of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade told ET.

    The official said that a second level agreement would be signed between Russian Helicopters and the Indian partner at a later date. However, he said that it was up to India to choose who would manufacture the chopper under the Make in India plan.

    "We are ready to work with any partner chosen by the Indian side. The main thing is that it should be financially and technically capable of taking on such a large project," Boginskiy said. As reported by ET earlier, the Russian side had already sent two letters to India, saying that it ready to partner with both Hindustan Aeronautics Limited ( HAL) and Anil Ambani owned Reliance Defence for the contract.

    The initial choppers will be produced from Russian supplied kits but would be progressively indigenized. The Russian official said that France, which supplies the engines for the chopper, is already on board for technology transfer as well.

    "This helicopter uses French engines and we have had talks with them and they are ready to sell, service and repair and carry out the whole cycle of work in India for the project," the official said.

    The light choppers are desperately needed by the Army to replace its fleet of ageing Cheetah/Chetak helicopters that are deployed to support troops posted at high altitude areas, including the Siachen glacier. While the initial contract would be for 200 choppers, the number is expected to swell much beyond due to the massive demand as well as applications for the civil market.

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    Make-in-India in defence: Delegation of CEOs from Tata, Mahindra & Reliance to accompany PM Modi to Russia

    Post  Pinto on Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:34 am

    NEW DELHI: With Russia keen on joint development and manufacturing of aerospace and military systems in India, a large business delegation is likely to accompany PM Narendra Modi when he travels to Moscow on December 24.

    The CEOs delegation would include most Indian players keen on the aerospace and defence sectors, including Tata, Mahindra Reliance and the Gurgaon based Sun Group.

    Officials in India and Russia and told ET that the CEOs forum will be given high importance during Modi's Moscow visit with Russia's top aerospace companies keen on pitching for the joint manufacturing of components and parts for both civil and military programs in India and forming JVcompanies.


    The umbrella company that controls most Russian aviation programs has said that it is hopeful of tying up with Indian private sector companies during the Modi visit. "We are discussing options for manufacturing aircraft components in India with the largest companies like Tata, Mahindra and Reliance. A business summit is planned during the Indian PMs visit ad we hope to move forward on this then," President of the United Aircraft Co, Yury Slyusar told ET.

    The top official, who is in charge of aircraft companies including Sukhoi and MiG, said that specific talks have already taken place with Tata on the manufacturing of rudders and directional control systems for the Sukhoi Super Jet (SSJ) - a regional jet. Talks are already on for specific projects with companies like Tata and Reliance. Top Indian CEOs from all major companies are expected to accompany the Prime Minister, with Sun Group's Shiv Khemka likely to play a major role in coordinating the CEOs forum.

    Industry body CII will be involved in sending the delegation of top executives from India. A CII team is already in Russia and a final list of the business delegation is being drawn up.

    Russia is also keen to expand beyond the military field to the civil aerospace sector. "We would like to look at civil cooperation as well. Indian companies can make components for our Sukhoi Super Jet as well as the MC 21 airliner...," Dy Minister Andrey Boginskiy of the Russian Ministry of Industry and trade told ET


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    India and Russia's joint military aircraft project still in limbo

    Post  Pinto on Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:39 am

    NEW DELHI: Differences between India and Russia on a key project to jointly develop a military transport aircraft (MTA) are widening, with a high level intervention likely during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Moscow later this month to get things back on track.

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    Officials in both countries have shared with ET that the MTA project - which plans to develop a develop a new 20 ton transporter to replace the ageing Indian fleet of An 32 aircraft with a $ 300 million investment from each side - is on thin ground with Moscow now planning to go ahead alone if the Indian side does not come on board.

    The main point of contention is the engine for the new generation transporter. Sources in India have told ET that the air force is insisting on a new generation engine with a full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system to give adequate power the new plane

    However, due to delays in the project, Moscow is now going ahead with a different engine, the PS 90 that powers its new generation IL 76 transporters for the MTA project. The Russian side believes that the new variant of its PS 90 engine will offer adequate performance for the aircraft and a FADEC power plant is not necessary.

    With both sides not budging, the MTA project has been stuck for a year, with all other work, including the preliminary design stage stitched up. The Russian side also says that the requirement of a FADEC was put up by the Indian air force at a later stage and for the performance required, the system is not needed.

    "The PS 90 does not have FADEC but the necessity of such a system was not there in the technical specifications initially. It was added later. The technical requirement (for performance) are fully satisfied with the PS 90 engine," President of Russia's overarching United Aircraft Company (UAC) Yury Slyusar told ET.

    Russian experts have analyzed other available engines for the project, including western ones but insist that the PS 90 is the best solution and would provide commonality with India's upgraded IL 76 fleet.

    "So the official status is that we have finished the advanced preliminary design stage over a year ago but that has to be accepted by the Indian side. We hope they accept the design and move forward," Slyusar says.

    Officials in India however insist that the PS 90 would not be adequate in meeting the long term requirements of the air force, given that the MTA would remain n service for almost three decades. A possible solution to the stalemate is being considered and may be fleshed out during high level discussions that are expected during the Modi visit. One could be going ahead with the project with the development of an engine complaint to Indian requirement taking place concurrently

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    PM Modi's Russia visit to focus beyond defence ties; to seek investments for infrastructure fund

    Post  Pinto on Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:44 am

    NEW DELHI: India and Russia are keen to utilise PM Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to Moscow to strengthen ties beyond defence with creation of a joint innovation fund, besides prospective investments from Russia in National Infrastructure Fund as well as expanding bilateral trade basket beyond diamonds and pharmacy. Officials said a joint $3-billion fund to promote startups in the nanotechnology field, with applications from defence to aerospace and manufacturing, could be concretised during thhe PM's visit. Russia had earlier expressed its keenness to participate in Modi's 'Make in India' initiative.

    The proposal to set up a joint innovation fund has been in the pipeline for over a year. RUSNAN, a state-run Russian firm which is working on commercialising nanotechnology, has put forward a proposal that India and Russia equally contribute to the fund that will select and nurture companies working in the field, officials said.


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    India is also seeking Russian investments in the National Infrastructure Fund and this could gather momentum during the PM's trip, according to officials. The two countries are also exploring various other sectors to expand the trade basket. Modi and Russian president Vladimir Putin are expected to deliberate on this issue during the annual summit in Moscow, where a number of Indian businessmen are expected to be present.

    he Western sanctions owing to Ukraine crisis followed by the recent downslide in Russian-Turkish relations (after a Russian fighter jet was shot down by Turkey) have compelled Russia to look towards old partners such as India as investment destinations, people familiar with the matter indicated. Russia has cancelled a number of joint projects that it was undertaking with Turkey in retaliation to downing of its fighter jet. Russia needs India as a major trade and economic partner, Deputy PM DmitDmitry Rogozin told TASS after his last week's visit to India to prepare for Modi's trip.

    "In conditions of sectoral sanctions, which have been imposed on Russia, we still need a big partner that can fill the vacuum that appeared after our retaliatory measures," Rogozin said. "I am confident that this should and can be filled with Indian manufacturers." Rogozin said further, "Previously, we were focused on military-technological cooperation. It is no longer so. We need India as a major trade and economic partner in the first place in conditions when we can no longer maintain economic interaction with partners like Turkey because they have indeed been treacherous and cunning and have committed something, which is going to throw our relations far back."

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    It is welcome that India's engagement will go beyond military matters during PM Modi's Russia trip next week. There is a need to deepen the economic facets of the strategic ties between India and Russia. The levels of bilateral trade now must get a leg-up, given the scope for trade is significant in many spheres including energy and IT, besides diamond and pharmacy. Joint funding of startups a good idea. Ditto for infrastructure investments. This will be complemented by the endeavour of BRICS to boost economic integration

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    Russia’s second Nuclear site in India to be announced during PM Narendra Modi's visit

    Post  Pinto on Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:55 am

    NEW DELHI: India is expected to allot a second site to Russia for a nuclear power plant in Andhra Pradesh and the announcement could be made when Narendra Modi visits Moscow for the bilateral annual summit on December 24-25.

    Expansion of the civil nuclear partnership was discussed during Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin's visit to India on Tuesday. Rogozin, who met Modi and the NSA, also focused on expanding counter-terror cooperation. This includes sharing information and perspectives on rise of IS and Russian military action in Syria, officials informed.

    "The two sides discussed further development of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant as well as the construction of new Russia-designed NPPs at other sites in India. We are moving in the right direction," Rogozin told Russian news agency Tass after his meetings in Delhi. A person familiar with Indo-Russian nuclear cooperation informed, "Discussions between Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Government of Andhra Pradesh for location of the second Russian technology based Light Water Reactor (LWR) Nuclear Power Plant are at an advanced stage." Meanwhile, construction work on the third and fourth units of Russian assisted Kudankulam nuclear power plant is expected to start in 2016. These are planned to be commissioned in the years 2020-2021.

    Russia has also proposed a plan to involve India in building Russian designed nuclear power plants in third countries, the cooperation is to be extended also to the area of joint extraction of natural uranium and the production of nuclear fuel and atomic waste elimination.






    Negotiations of this nature have taken place and this could lead to joint construction of power stations and other aspects of cooperation, including the training of personnel in other Asian countries, including Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka, officials indicated. The only nuclear power plant in Bangladesh so far is being built by Russia. And India has nuclear cooperation with all these three countries.

    Explaining Indo-Russian discussions on expanding counterterror cooperation, Rogozin told TASS, "...The PM visit will have a deep meaning. It is extremely important for discussing joint actions and the creation of a broad counter-terrorism coalition and also for exerting joint efforts in conditions when the two countries have not only found themselves on the one side of the barricades but are in the vanguard of this struggle (against terrorism).

    According to Rogozin, the appearance of the Islamic State (IS) metastases in the territory of Afghanistan has aggravated the situation even further. "The Taliban used to be perceived as an exclusively domestic phenomenon for Afghanistan. ISIS (or IS) is something absolutely the opposite.

    They are as radical or even more radical (than the Taliban), and they also have global ambitions... India fully supports Russia's efforts to fight terrorism...It is not surprising that everything we discussed in New Delhi today largely concerned struggle against terrorism and radical forms of Islam," Rogozin said, adding the Indian side fully supported Russia's (antiterror) efforts, including those directed at fighting the most radical manifestations of religious terrorism - the Islamic State (IS).

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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.

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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.

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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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    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.

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