India and Russia have adopted a strategy framed by them for defence cooperation on Friday to concretize deals on frigates, S-400 air defence missile system and Kamov helicopters.
India's Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, who is in Russia this week, co-chaired the 17th meeting of the India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) on Friday with his Russian counterpart, General Sergei Shoigu.
“We are determined to go ahead with building cooperation in order to enhance the combat readiness of both countries’ armed forces and to exchange experience in various defence-related matters,” Shoigu was quoted as saying by Tass this week.
The Russian minister said that experts from both sides drafted a roadmap for the development of military cooperation, which will become the basic document for planning bilateral defence engagements.
Jaitley and Shoigu discussed the final shape of defence deals that include S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems, four Krivak class stealth frigates and Kamov 226T helicopters.
Ahead of Modi’s visit to St Petersburg for the annual summit, a special arrangement was made to make Indo-Russia defence projects work around the sanctions.
Under the arrangement, India has waived banking guarantee clause mandatory for securing defence contracts in India. Instead India accepted a sovereign guarantee from Russia.
Earlier this week Jaitley spoke at the newly established India-Russia High-Level Committee on Science and Technology in Novosibirsk to discuss cooperation in high technologies and emphasised on bilateral cooperation with India moving closer to Wassennar membership.
In March, Jaitley had invited Russian companies to share some critical technologies with India and produce defence equipment in India.
The next month he said that both the countries had started discussions with Russia for setting up another defence manufacturing unit under the ‘Make in India’ programme.
India and Russia have identified 485 lines for transfer of technology (ToT) to support the Su-30 MKI fleet. A total of 20 Indian vendors have been introduced to Russia to find out the feasibility of ToT by Indian vendors. Russia may help India train its astronauts in the future, Russia’s deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday.
“It is possible to train Indian astronauts at Roscosmos,” Rogozin told the meeting of a bilateral highlevel commission for cooperation in advanced technologies for military and civilian purposes.
Russia has been a key partner in India’s space programme; the first Indian astronaut to space went on a Russian mission.
Rosoboronexport is set to export its top anti-missile defence system, S-400 Triumf almost simultaneously to Asian rivals India and China. Russias arms exporting monopoly Rosoboronexport expects to sign a contract with India 'soon' on the delivery of S-400 air defense missile systems, its chief executive Alexander Mikheyev said at the Paris Air Show 2017 on Wednesday
While technical specifications of the S-400 'Triumf' Anti-aircraft Missile System have been discussed between Russia and Turkey, the contract itself is yet to be clinched. "We, as providers, demonstrate the needed technical and technological level of this production to be delivered, and that is the talks main point," Rostechs CEO for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Viktor Kladov was quoted as saying by TASS
Russia has reiterated selling S-400 missile systems to India and Turkey. Russian President Vladimir Putin in a meeting with the press Thursday, said “Russia is ready to supply S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey
Ankara and Moscow have reached an agreement on the purchase of S-400 missile defense systems and price negotiations are underway before the final signing of the deal, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. “We have agreed in principle with Russia for the purchase of S-400 missile systems
Russian President Vladimir Putin may discuss deliveries of S-400 surface-to-air missile system with Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan during the upcoming meeting in Sochi in May. It is possible that the issue of S-400 deliveries [to Turkey] may feature during the meeting of both leaders [Putin and Erdogan], Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by local media Thursday
India will likely seal the deal for purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems during the Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharamans first visit to Moscow in the early week of April,
India and Russia are discussing final contract negotiations for acquisition of five advanced S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems worth $5.5 billion (INR 39,000 cr)
The Indian Air Force has completed trials of Russian S-400 air defense missile systems. Price negotiations are likely to start soon
India should co-develop the fifth generation stealth fighter with Russia, says a panel that was appointed by the countrys defence ministry to examine a fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project based on the PAK-FA. The committee, headed by Air Marshal Simhakutty Varthaman (retd), has recommended India should go ahead with it in the face of reservations by the Indian Air Force,
Russia has launched Pantsyr-ME seaborne surface-to-air missile and artillery complex into serial production, following completion of its development. "The development of the seaborne version of the Pantsyr air defense system that has no analogues in the world has been completed
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