New Delhi: With 37 countries in tow and a history of having been India’s largest defence equipment supplier, the Russian defence delegation will make a major pitch at the DEFEXPO – Feb 6 to Feb 9 – in New Delhi aiming to have joint development programmes in submarines, artillery guns, warships and specialised rockets.
A delegation of the Rosoboronexport – Russian exports are routed through this state-owned company -- will be here and be looking to expand joint development and production during talks with Indian partners at the DEFEXPO that deals with Land, Naval and Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition. Ivan Goncharenko, First Deputy General Director of Rosoboronexport, will lead the delegation. The Russians have the largest indoor and outdoor exhibition area in expo.
“This is India’s biggest arms exhibition and therefore Russia will be present here on a large scale. Clearly, we’re planning to promote a large number of army and naval equipment, air defence systems and aircraft models.”IvanGoncharenko said. The focus will be on joint ventures, establishing licensed production, and transfer of technology – precisely the cooperation shown in the case of the BrahMos missiles systems or the licenced production of the Sukhoi-30-MKI fighter jets or the T-90 tanks. After-sales service of the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya will be among the naval issues to Rosoboronexport will hold talks including upgrade of the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, the T-72 and the T-90S tanks. Despite the new thrust in India-US relations such is the Russian grip over the Indian defence industry that it gets the biggest share of the annual Indian multi-billion dollar budget. A report of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in March 2013 that India Delhi was the biggest arms importer of the world. “India accounted for 12 per cent of all global arms transfers between 2008 and 2012. Russia supplied 79 per cent of these,” the report said. On an average, Russia gets an annual business from India to the tune of $7 billion from defence sales.
The Russian company expects to discuss the progress of the tender to supply self-propelled artillery systems. Among its contenders is the Russian upgraded Msta-S 155mm self-propelled howitzer, which is undergoing trials in India. The howitzer’s chassis has a high level of commonality for components and units with the chassis of the T-90S tanks, whose licensed production has already been mastered at India’s Heavy Vehicles Factory at Avadi, Tamil Nadu.
Missiles, Rockets and air defence. The ongoing work on setting up a Russian-Indian joint venture to manufacture rocket projectiles for the Smerch multiple launch rocket system may be considered a promising new area for mutually beneficial cooperation on army weapons.For Air defence the Russians are offering the Pantsir-S1, Tor-M2KM, Tunguska-M1, and Igla-S, which Rosoboronexport is offering for the Indian Army’s tenders.
It is expected that at DEFEXPO Indian and foreign experts will show interest in the modernized T-90S tanks, T-90S-based engineering vehicles, BMPs and T-72 tank support combat vehicle, Sprut SD self-propelled anti-tank gun, tactical automated command and control system.
Rosoboronexport has announced that it is ready to continue consultations to promote the diesel-electric submarine Amur-1650 within the upcoming Indian tender for design and construction of the Project 75-I of the Indian Navy to build new series of submarines. The Amur -1650 has an air independent propulsion (AIP) that allows the vessel to stay submerged for longer period than the conventional diesel electric submarines. The Indian tender is looking at AIP submarines.
India got two Talwar class warships which Russia classifies as project 11356. The Russians are presently building six of these and has offered India talks for the supply additional series of such frigates. These ships displace 3,850 tons and are designed for anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, both independently and as an escort, and are also armed with air defence systems.
The class are armed with an eight-cell launcher for Kalibr and Klub (3M54E) anti-ship and surface-to-surface missiles, a 100-mm main gun, Kashtan gun/missile close-in air defense systems, Shtil vertical-launch air defense missile systems, two torpedo tubes, an anti-submarine rocket system and a Ka-28 or Ka-31 helicopter.
In the aviation segment, The Russians will be backing the Kamov-226T light utility helicopter, which is a strong contender in the Indian tender to supply 197 reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters, and the Be-200 multipurpose amphibious aircraft, which offers a number of advantages over the competitors within the upcoming Indian Navy’s tender to purchase amphibians for reconnaissance and search and rescue operations and transport service between the island territories.
Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the Rostec Corporation, is the sole state-owned arms trade company in the Russian Federation authorized to export the full range of military and dual-purpose products, technologies and services. It is one of the leading world arms exporters to the international market. Its share in Russia's military exports exceeds 80 percent. Rosoboronexport cooperates with more than 700 enterprises and organizations in the Russian defence industrial complex. Russia maintains military technical cooperation with more than 70 countries around the world.
Rostec subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of the Russian Federation.