Russia is unwilling to provide technology transfer of the Smerch multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to India, Tribune News reported. The finance ministry has refused to import the same rockets.
The Army has 62 Smerch launchers, which move in squadrons with Strike Crops and have the capacity to hit targets at 70-80 km away, allowing the Infantry and tanks to move forward in case of an assault. These rockets can neutralize enemy troop concentrations, command posts, and artillery and missile locations.
Russia had expressed reservation to meet Indian conditions to indigenize the production of rockets, allowing the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) to produce them here. In August 2012, a MoU was signed between the OFB and Russian companies — Rosoboronexport and Splav "SPA" to manufacture five versions of Smerch Rockets, The Tribune reported citing an unknown source.
The finance ministry has turned down the request for fresh rocket imports made by Ministry of Defense saying that the original permission was for local production and a fresh permission has to be sought for importing the rockets.
The Smerchs have been acquired at a cost of $432.4 million. So far, rockets for the launchers are purchased from Russia.
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Rosoboronexport and Indian Ministry of Defence agreed to start up a joint venture in India for manufacturing production and post sale servicing of rocket projectiles. "Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) signed an MoU for a joint venture with Russian Rosoboronexport and Splav 'SPA' to manufacture five versions of Smerch rockets based on the transfer of technology from Russia," the Rosoboronexport company said
India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Russia’s Rosoboronexport and M/s Splav “SPA” to form a Joint Venture to manufacture five versions of Smerch Rockets based on the technology received from Moscow. Over the last six years, two contingents of the Smerch rockets have been inducted into service by the army
China has joined a Russian project to develop a multiple barrel rocket system capable of launching a reconnaissance drone. Russias Tecmash Research and Production Group has started experimental design work jointly with China to develop a reconnaissance drone launched inside a projectile of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system, Tecmash Deputy CEO Alexander Kochkin said at the ArmHiTec-2018 exhibition on Friday,
India is in discussion with Russia on manufacturing ammunition for Russian-made Smerch multiple rocket launchers in the country. "Talks are continuing, the Indian side is considering an appropriate form of cooperation, whether it will be a joint venture or co-production
Germany has cancelled a major arms deal with Russia citing the Ukraine crisis as its main reason, according to reports. The daily Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Monday that the German government had canceled a deal to provide Russian forces with a fully-equipped combat training camp
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Russia is ready to export Iskander-E short range ballistic missile and is likely to sell it to China, during the exhibition of weapons and military equipment held in Minsk, Belarus. Voice of Russia reported today
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