The Igla-S is a 16-year-old missile system, first built in 2004, which the Russian military replaced in 2014 with the newer, far more capable, 9K333 Verba missile.
Apparently, the MoD feels the Igla-S met India’s needs and Rosoboronexport’s price of under $1.47 billion makes it a value proposition compared to Saab’s tag of $2.6 billion and MBDA’s offer of $3.68 billion.
Consequently, the Indian military will get an obsolescent VSHORADS that will be almost two decades old by the time it enters service, and almost fifty years old at the end of its service life cycle.
Wow the super butt hurt is on display for all to see.
Russia entered a missile in a competition held by India for a set of requirements... it beat two western missiles... which are much older than 16 years BTW, and it comes in much cheaper than either western missile while meeting the requirements... but they now have a newer missile and they are crying about that?
Now the real problem is that they want Verba for $1.47 billion dollars, and ignore the fact that they themselves did not allow the Russians to substitute the newer missile when it became available.
Furthermore, since the 2010 tender did not specify any “Make in India” stipulations, production of the Igla-S will take place mostly in Russia.
Well obviously... if it was going to need to be produced in India they would need to pay to build factories to make it and train up a work force to make these missiles so the price would probably go to 3-4 billion for the exact same missile with no actual improvement in performance.
You get what you pay for... you can have capable missiles or you can spend a lot more for the ability to produce your own capable missiles.
However, some enemy aircraft still sneak through to attack ground troops, who protect themselves with VSHORADS.
On any battlefield any enemy aircraft will be a threat whether it is a dedicated CAS aircraft like an Su-25, A-10, or something like a Super Tucano or L39 jet trainer with bombs and rockets, or a vast array of helicopters both attack and assault and transport... and of course cruise missiles and drones.
The Igla-S introduced proximity fusing to the Igla family which makes it very effective against small targets like missiles and drones... very very useful.
However, there will be only limited indigenisation. The inter-governmental agreement (IGA) between New Delhi and Moscow permits Russian Helicopters to deliver the first 60 helicopters in flyaway condition. The next 40 helicopters would be shipped as kits from Russia to be assembled in India. Only after that would indigenisation pick up momentum over the last 97 choppers.
It is a Russian designed and built helicopter... eventually India is going to be making many of the parts itself but they will be paying money for that too.
I don't understand the made in India programme when it comes to Russia... Russia makes it cheap enough to just buy it... I would think it would make more sense for India to want to produce western kit instead of buying it from western factories because they will be much better able to compete with them in terms of costs and also the west has a history of sanctions so local production is protection from a dick head like Trump turning off the taps.
Their obvious problems are that the west is not interested in licence production in India.
The US president has the power to grant India a waiver from CAATSA. However, without large arms purchases from the US, there is no certainty that that Donald Trump would grant a waiver.
That law violates the WTO trade rules, if the US wants to impose its local laws on India then India can effectively close its markets to the US... lets see whose eyes water first... India needs to work on its own internal market and raise standards and incomes and quality of life... I can't see the US doing anything about that except using it to criticise India when it misbehaves (in US eyes).
India cannot buy from Russia because America says so... really?
Make America Gay Again... it is working.