Discussion in 'Foreign Relations' started by A.V., Mar 11, 2010.
"The Indian army is equipped with Soviet arms, and switching to Western analogues takes a long time," said Alexander Pikayev, a senior research fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations. "Also, Russia was the only country so far that agreed to sell India an aircraft carrier, so it looks like India has no other choice. "
Don't this statement convey the message that we are obeseed with getting arms from russia and despite so hiccupus in many areas we still buy and use soviet build arms.has the time not come to "seriously" move away from this dangerous trend of over-reliance on russia and divesify our import needs?
India is doing that. Otherwise we would not have got the P8, C130, Jalashwa. India is playing the game of getting the best technology. We are still dependent on russia when it comes to other things where it provides us ToT and licensed production something we can't get from the west namely US and the europeans are far too expensive.
India is doing all right as far as sourcing is concerned but the problem is in the delay in making the decision to buy.
what about the israel being developing into a biggest arm supplier just behind russia?
What about it? Like I said India is playing the game perfectly fine. It has diversified its options. Why do you thing Putin is coming to town? Russian share is going down and he wants to make sure he does something that holds the slide. Its kind of like the market share Maruti had till a few years ago. About 90% or something. Then the others came. Maruti is still up there with i think 60% share. Russia is like Maruti, Israel is like Hyudai. Everyone has a pie to eat of this great Indian market.
Russia to build 12 nuclear plants in India
NEW DELHI: Giving a fillip to their ties, India and Russia on Friday signed 19 pacts, including three in civil nuclear field and one for purchase of 29 MiG-29 fighters besides inking the revised agreement on Gorshkov aircraft carrier, a deal that was stuck for three years over price.
Under the agreements in civil nuclear field, Russia will build 12 atomic plants - six in Kudankulam and six in Haripur in West Bengal.
The agreements were signed during the day-long visit of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who held comprehensive talks with his counterpart PM Manmohan Singh with an aim of exploring opportunities for further boosting the relations.
They also discussed regional issues, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the context of terrorism and agreed to intensify their consultations on Afghanistan the challenges posed by terrorism and extremism in the region.
The pacts in civil nuclear field are agreement on cooperation in the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes and agreement on road map for the serial construction of Russian designed nuclear power plants.
An MoU was also signed on Nuclear Power between NPCIL and Atomstroy Export for construction of third and fourth atomic plant in Kudankulum in Tamil Nadu.
The revised agreement on Gorshkov aircraft carrier deal was also signed during the visit. The deal had initially been signed in 2004 at the cost of $1.5 billion, along with 16 MiG-29Ks. However, the Russians later demanded $2.9 billion, citing escalation of costs.
After protracted negotiations, the two sides settled at $2.34 billion.
Putin's India visit part of Russia's balancing act with Asia's rising powers
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