India, Russia agree arms pact likely worth $5 bln


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Feb 23, 2009
India, Russia agree arms pact likely worth $5 bln

By Bappa Majumdar

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and Russia agreed two military pacts on Thursday, including a 10-year deal on weapons, aircraft and maintenance contracts potentially worth at least $5 billion, Indian defence officials said.

India's Defence Minister A.K. Antony and his Russian counterpart Anatoly Serdyukov agreed the deals in Moscow.

"All defence deals, all contracts, will come under the 10- year agreement," Defence Ministry Spokesman Sitanshu Kar said in New Delhi. Defence officials told Reuters that the pact had business potential worth at least $5 billion.

The 10-year deal, to be signed when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits Russia this year, would include a $1 billion deal for 80 Russian Mi-17 helicopters and contracts for fitting Brahmos missiles onto Russian-made Sukhoi fighter planes.

They are also building a modern supersonic fighter aircraft invisible to radars like the U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, P.K. Barbora, a top Indian Air Force official told Reuters.

The second pact covers after-sales product support for defence equipment of Russian origin.

India's growing ties with the United States, underscored by a civilian nuclear deal, has put Russia at unease, as New Delhi seeks to reach out to other countries to modernise its military inventory of mostly ageing Russian-made arms and fighter jets.

New Delhi also complains of delays in supply of Russian defence equipment, including a refitted aircraft carrier, resulting in huge cost overrun and affecting military planning.

The 10-year deal could now help iron out differences in the relations between two former Cold War allies, analysts say.

"We are overcoming problems and getting along," Barbora said.

New Delhi plans to spend $30 billion over the next five years to buy modern weapons systems and attack planes.

"The agreement will certainly help as Russia needs a market and India needs a strategic reassurance to sort out relations that were going sour," retired Major General Ashok Mehta said.

Experts say India also wants to use the renewed focus on Russia as a counter-weight to China, while a strong presence in South Asia could help Moscow keep an eye on Beijing.

India fears China is trying to encircle it as they jostle for resources and global influence. The two sides have faced off at several multilateral forums this year over their long festering border dispute that led to a brief but bloody war in 1962.

"China is a greater anxiety for Russia in the long run and politically it is desirable for India to strengthen relations with Russia," said Uday Bhaskar, a strategic analyst.

(Editing by Jeremy Laurence and Krittivaas Mukherjee)

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DFI Technocrat
Oct 10, 2009
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New Delhi plans to spend $30 billion over the next five years to buy modern weapons systems and attack planes.

This was the line i was most interested in! Many countries will want a slice of that pie.
can anyone elaborate wheteher this money is all for new purchases or for payments of already concluded deals.


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Sep 3, 2009
This is good for both India and Russia. I think Russia will feel better knowing that even though India is buying arms from Israel and America and other countries, India is still a partner and friend of Russia and will be for the near and distant future.


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Aug 6, 2009
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Russia and India have prepared a new agreement on military-technical cooperation

Russia and India have prepared a new agreement on military-technical cooperation

Russo-Indian Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation has prepared number of agreements, said Defense Minister of India.In particular, the parties agreed to modifying the Indian Army's Russian tanks and planes.Decision on the most "painful" item - "Admiral Gorshkov" - hasn't not solved, but clarified the future project to develop fifth generation fighter.

A new agreement on military-technical cooperation between Russia and India for 2011-2020 will be signed in December during a visit to Moscow, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the Minister of Defense Arakkaparambila Kurian Antony, who headed a delegation to the next meeting of the Russo-Indian intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation.

It is noteworthy that during the negotiations, apparently failed to reach agreement for the upgrade Indian order of "Admiral Gorshkov" (INS Vikramaditya).

"On other issues, including draft aircraft carrier" Admiral Gorshkov ", we will continue to negotiate to find mutually beneficial solutions," - Anthony told reporters at the final press conference.

Recall earlier in the media with reference to the leaders of Rosoboronexport, it was reported that the sides were close to agreement on a new contract to replace the worth 2.9 billion dollars against 974 million provided in 2004.Despite this, commentators argue that the final sum may be close to $ 4 billion - the cost of a ship of similar class in the market, although in principle the "market value of the aircraft carrier to say it is difficult.

As announced on October 7 Interfax CEO of Rosoboronexport, Anatoly Isaikin: "Financing of the contract (on aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov - approx. Ed.) - Is, of course, is the main theme of the talks. There is progress, significant progress. I We have all chances to make in the near future successfully conclude these negotiations with a mutually acceptable outcome. But at the same time, he noted that "prolonged discussion relates primarily to the fact that spanned each item on a list of additional works, and then went score for each item on the list. Most likely, the visit of Anthony to agree on all the items on the list failed.

However, the refusal of Indians from the draft speech is not: in particular, the program production aircraft for the air group "Vikramadati" is developing successfully. October 9 MiG-29KUB with Russia and the Indian identification signs of the first flights from the deck of an aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov" under Russian pilots, and soon to start training Indian pilots.

Note that the re-production of a foreign carrier for the full exploitation of Russian planes is very lot of money: from half to one third of the total cost of the ship.

Another important aspect of the meeting - a preliminary agreement to jointly develop a fifth generation fighter.It would seem, a prototype of Russia's aircraft already at the exit, is about to begin his trial. Moreover, beginning to be understood and its appearance. It is believed that most closely corresponds to it a sketch, reproduced in the article Polish aviazhurnalista Pera Butovsky, which was published in the October issue of French magazine Air et Cosmos. It is represented as a twin-engine machine, dvuhkilevoy plane with a diamond-shaped wing of a small extension, round (as opposed to flat on the American F-22A) engine nozzles and the internal arrangement of weapons.In this case the bow is quite like the Su-35 and other modern fighter aircraft company Sukhoi. Air intakes of engines - flat and slanted - in accordance with the requirements of invisibility, the wing has an extensive root influx.

In general, the plane has a very harmonious and unique silhouette, silhouettes dramatically different from the American counterparts.

Earlier media reported that India is developing its own project easy fifth-generation fighter, but looking at the "successes" in the program of the national light combat aircraft LCA Tejas, to expect miracles from the Indian aviation industry is not necessary. Now, according to official Indian sources, as the national fifth generation fighter aircraft is considered FGFA: virtually the same fighter Sukhoi, adapted to Indian requirements. That is, the joint plane will probably be long-term development of Russia's aviation complex frontal aviation, but with the use of Indian, Russia and / or imported avionics and possibly of Indian materials.

We must pay tribute to the Indians: for his "tejas" they have developed some very advanced aircraft systems and launched a number of structural materials, particularly composites. However, placing new equipment on the fifth-generation fighter designed from the stringent requirements of invisibility - the problem is very complicated, is actually equivalent to designing a new machine in the contours and dimensions available. This Indian FGFA a total similarity will differ markedly in the details of Russia's equivalent.

Actually, from the Indian side needed two things: articulate, finally, the tactical and technical requirements for the aircraft (for example, it is still unclear, he will be single or double) and ensure sufficient funding for Russia's side.

The resulting aircraft, most likely, will have a very good export prospects, and, perhaps, to build export planes in India is cheaper than in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

Air project at seven times the speed of sound

The new cruise missile for the fighter 5 th generation multi-purpose military transport aircraft, advanced armored personnel carriers and other high-tech weapons,will be created by Russia and India together.

These and many other important plans yesterday discussed the Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and his colleague Arakkaparambil Kurian Antony. In December, Moscow intends to visit the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.By this visit, the military want to coincide with the signing of an ambitious program of military-technical cooperation up to 2021. The defense ministers of both countries every year there are some in Moscow, then in Delhi.Cooperation between Russia and India in the defense sector has long overstepped the stage of "buyer-seller" and is based on a mutually beneficial and equal partnership. Influence this process can not be any serious competition for the Indian defense contracts, no difficulties with the implementation of already concluded agreements.

For example, a contract for the refurbishment of Russia's Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier in the Indian Navy "Vikramaditya" in his time badly miscalculated.Now Russia is pushing for a further sum of 1,2 billion dollars. Indians are in principle, not against supplements, but called the price lower. Bargaining in such cases is very appropriate, even for long-term partners. Experts are able to talk to the correspondent "RG", in one voice asserted that a mutually acceptable amount in any case determine. It is possible it will happen in the next couple of months.

With the supply of deck-seat MiG-29K for "Vikramaditya", according to the head of the United Aircraft Corporation Alexei Fyodorov, there isn't problem.The first aircraft of the Indian party has been "running" in the Barents Sea on heavy nuclear missile cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov". There is talk of a possible purchase by India of another 29 fighters.Yesterday Serdyukov and his colleagues raised the issue of modernization with the help of our fighter-bombers, MiG-27 and Su-30MKI.

Aviation and the Indian navy is not the only troops that rearming with the participation of Russia's defense industry. For example, in Delhi are still interested in the supply, licensed production and modernization of tanks T-90S and T-72M1, infantry fighting vehicle BMP-2. According to expert the export of our armored vehicles overseas by 2020 will reach several thousand units. On the total amount of military contracts for obvious reasons, prefer not to talk, but talking about billions of dollars. True, the Indians are not interested in "single" contracts, and the whole package of agreements. This includes providing for the maintenance of weapons and military equipment.This is, so to speak, the job tomorrow. As of today, the program of military-technical cooperation between Russia and India before 2011 includes some two hundred different projects, valued huge amount - 20 billion dollars.


The ideology of the new relations between Moscow and New Delhi suggested working together on a cruise missile "Brahmos". It is so named in honor of the two rivers - the Brahmaputra of India and our Moscow River. This missile since 2001, developed for the Indian Navy.

But it entered service in the Army. Already launched a series of versatile munition is now "trying on" the combat aircraft and submarines.In parallel we are working on the creation of a cruise missile "BrahMos-2", which should have a hypersonic flight speed. According to the plans, it exceeds the speed of sound in 5 - 7 times.

Last year, Anatoly Serdyukov visited the joint Russo-Indian company, which makes BrahMos, and seems to have been much impressed by what he saw.
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