India, Russia Discuss Smerch Rocket Ammo Manufacturing Deal

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  • 12:29 PM, September 10, 2015
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India, Russia Discuss Smerch Rocket Ammo Manufacturing Deal
Indian BM-30 Smerch launchers on Indian built Tatra trucks during a military parade

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. It is still in the negotiating state," Techmash Group Deputy CEO Dmitry Rytenkov was quoted as saying at the international Russia Arms Expo RAE-2015 by Ria Novosti Wednesday.

India has many Smerch rocket launchers in service. Rosoboronexport in August 2012 signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Indian Defense Ministry to build Smerch ammo production and maintenance facilities on the Indian Territory.

The two countries have been cooperating on several military production projects, including a fifth-generation fighter jet.

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