Russia, India Link Up On Aircraft Production

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    India and Russia have registered a joint venture called Medium Transport Aircraft Ltd. that will develop and manufacture products with India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), according to United Aircraft Corp. President Alexei Fyodorov.

    “It will be in the market in six to seven years,” Fyodorov tells Aviation Week. “We are also considering working on unmanned aerial vehicles with India. But it is still in the early stages.”

    More than 25 agreements
    were signed between Russian and Indian companies here in the areas of life sciences, energy, navigation and information technology during the three-day visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

    India and Russia also will conclude a preliminary design contract for their joint fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project (Aerospace DAILY, Dec. 17). The FGFA is based on the Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA, which flew for the first time last January at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur facility in Siberia. The second prototype will fly in early 2011, Fyodorov says. The third prototype will have more advanced systems.

    “Once the approvals are through, we will start the actual detailed work,” HAL Chairman Ashok Nayak tells Aviation Week.

    The 30-ton aircraft is priced at around $100 million each. “It would be a swing-role fighter with highly advanced avionics, giving 360-deg. situational awareness, stealth to increase survivability and smart weapons,” says P.K. Naik, Indian air force chief. The aircraft is expected to join the Indian service between 2017 and 2020.

    Ahead of his visit, Medvedev had said high technology was “at the top of our agenda”, adding that an integrated program of cooperation in the areas of science, technology and innovation till 2020 would be signed. Agreements on joint production of nuclear reactors also are expected.

    Outer space exploration also has been identified as a long-term area of cooperation. A bilateral agreement for use of Russia’s Glonass satellites is under negotiation.
     
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    NEW DELHI - Russia and India on Tuesday signed a pact worth up to $30 billion on the development of a fifth-generation fighter aircraft and agreed to pursue a deal to build two Russian nuclear reactors.

    The agreements surrounded talks in New Delhi between visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Indian Premier Manmohan Singh, during which both sides set a target of doubling bilateral trade to $20 billion by 2015.
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    Medvedev arrived in India on Tuesday, seeking to fend off growing international competition for lucrative Indian defense contracts that were once monopolized by Moscow.

    His trip capped a flurry of top-level diplomatic activity that has seen the leaders of all five permanent members of the UN Security Council beat a trade-focused path to India's door over the past six months.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron was here in July, and U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao have passed through over the past six weeks.

    All the visits have secured deals and framework agreements worth billions of dollars, and the Russian president was also looking to seal key accords on the supply of fighter jets.

    Traditionally India's default defense supplier, Russia faces stiff competition from Europe and the United States as India diversifies its sources of military hardware and becomes more demanding over pricing and quality.

    The meeting with Singh witnessed the signing of a contract on the joint design and development of fifth-generation fighter aircraft with stealth capabilities.

    Although no figures were mentioned, the final deal could be worth close to $30 billion, with India planning to induct up to 300 of the aircraft into its air force.

    The two sides also agreed to pursue plans for Russia to build two additional generating units at a nuclear power plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil, where it is already setting up two reactors.

    Energy-hungry India is one of the world's biggest markets for nuclear technology with plans to reach a nuclear power capacity of 63,000 megawatts by 2032, from the current level of 4,560 megawatts.

    Hailing what he described as a "special and privileged" strategic partnership, Singh said Russia was a "time-tested friend ... that has stood by us in our times of need in the past."

    In a remark that will play well with his hosts, Medvedev voiced Moscow's support for India "as a deserving and strong candidate" for a permanent seat in an expanded UN Security Council.

    As well as bilateral issues, the two leaders discussed regional security and agreed to deepen cooperation in stabilizing Afghanistan and confronting terrorism.

    "Those who hide terrorists hide criminals. No modern civilized state can hide terrorists," Medvedev said.

    He made no specific mention of India's arch-rival Pakistan, which Delhi accuses of harboring militant groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba - blamed for the November 2008 attacks on Mumbai.

    Medvedev was also expected to use his visit to lobby India to select Russian-made MiG-35s for a 12-billion-dollar contract for 126 fighter jets.

    European and US aeronautical giants including Dassault Aviation, Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. are also bidding for the tender.

    Wary of China's military modernization drive, India is embarking on what global consultancy firm KPMG has described as "one of the largest procurement cycles in the world."

    Between now and 2016, India's defense sector is expected to spend $112 billion on capital defense acquisitions, KPMG said in a recent report.

    New Delhi and Moscow enjoy close ties that date back to the 1950s and analysts say Russia retains a competitive edge as an old ally even as India looks to build new strategic partnerships.
     

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