Putin may announce $7 billion arms deal during India trip

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  1. Neil

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin may announce about $7 billion worth of weapons contracts, including for Sukhoi fighter jets, when he visits India next week, according to three people in the defence industry.

    During Putin’s visit on 24 December, the two countries will announce contracts for 42 Sukhoi Su-30MKI jets, made by United Aircraft’s Irkut Corp., and almost 1,000 AL-31 warplane engines to be delivered through 2030 :shocked: , according to the three people who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment.
    India, Russia’s top arms customer, has at least doubled its defence budget over the last decade as it looks beyond a traditional rivalry with Pakistan to counter China’s rising power. Putin, who returned to the presidency this year, has spearheaded Russia’s efforts to fend off competition for the contracts from the US and Europe.
    “These will be truly historical deals if signed,” Konstantin Makiyenko, the deputy head of the Moscow-based Centre for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, said by phone on Monday. “I don’t remember a contract for 1,000 engines at all and deals for over 40 planes happen twice in a decade.”
    Syed Akbaruddin, a spokesman at the Indian ministry of external affairs, wasn’t available to comment.Vyacheslav Davidenko, a spokesman for Russia’s state-owned weapons exporter Rosoboronexport, declined to comment.
    Russian defence-industry exports have exceeded $14 billion this year, higher than the government’s target, Putin said on Monday. The country has signed new contracts worth $15 billion in 2012, he added.
    Then-defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov said 10 October that Russia expected to sign a deal to ship 42 Sukhoi jets to India by the end of the year, RIA Novosti news service reported.
    India has already received about 150 Russian jets, according to CAST estimates.



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    1000 ? :shocked:
     
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    MKIs go through their engines like Punjabis go through Chicken Legs
     
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    We need the spare engines for emergencies plus it is a sure indicator that the practice hours on the Sukhois are going to go up.
     
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    Hardly surprising. Sortie rate of MKIs is already too damn high.
     
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    In order to establish it on multi-role fighter doctrine, more sortie & flying practice is required. Developing the tactics in different scenarios under various combination & permutation and also with other platforms. More practice gives pilots more confidence & better autonomous reflexes in difficult situations.

    MKIs are the work horse for IAF now. In addition, Red-Flag exercise is also coming up with US & other countries.
     
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    So, INDIA will develop its clone of the engine and try to get it on board LCA project also......
     
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    I do not think that we have the technological setup to clone a modern jet engine. I just wish we had the capability.
     
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    @Singh,

    There is a funny thing about the Russians. They never commit about the life of their hardware or if they do commit then it is a very conservative figure.

    For the Mig 21 engines, many of the critical mechanical components were rated by the Russians for 350 Hours i.e they had to changed after 350 Hours of flying time. HAL Koraput reverse engineered many components with European suppliers and then started increasing the life of these components beyond 550 Hours. When the Russians were shown the results they immediately confirmed that their components could also be used for upto 500 Hours. All these years they were milking IAF/HAL for te spares.
     
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    Is nt Al-41F-1 (117) powering PAK-FA prototypes?
     

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