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06 February 2014

DEFEXPO 2014: Rosoboronexport Discusses Industrial Cooperation with India

Expanding joint development and production efforts on weaponry and military equipment is among the key topics during talks between Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation) and Indian partners at DEFEXPO India 2014.

TOR M2KM (All Photos: Rosoboronexport)

This is India’s biggest arms exhibition and therefore Russia will be presented here on a large scale. Clearly, we’re planning to promote a large number of army and naval equipment, air defence systems and aircraft models at DEFEXPO India. Moreover, in almost all cases the upcoming talks are directly related to setting up joint ventures, establishing licensed production, and transfer of technology – precisely such cooperation is the mainstream of our bilateral relations,” said Ivan Goncharenko, First Deputy General Director of Rosoboronexport, who heads the company’s delegation at the exhibition.

The company expects to discuss the progress of the tender to supply self-propelled artillery systems. Among its contenders is the Russian upgraded MSTA-S 155mm self-propelled howitzer, which is undergoing trials in India. The howitzer’s chassis has a high level of commonality for components and units with the chassis of the T-90S MBT, whose licensed production has already been mastered at India’s Heavy Vehicles Factory in Avadi.

MSTA-S 155mm self-propelled howister

The ongoing work on setting up a Russian-Indian joint venture to manufacture rocket projectiles for the SMERCH multiple launch rocket system may be considered a promising new area for mutually beneficial cooperation on Army weapons.

It is expected that at DEFEXPO, foreign experts are showing interest in the modernised T-90S MBT, T-90S-based engineer vehicles, BMPT-72 tank support combat vehicle, SPRUT SD self-propelled anti-tank gun, tactical automated command and control (C2) system, as well as Russian air defence weapons of all classes. Among the latter are the Pantsir-S1, Tor-M2KM, TUNGUSKA-M1, and IGLA-S, which Rosoboronexport is offering for the Indian Army’s tenders.

After-sales services of the aircraft carrier INS VIKRAMADITYA are among the naval issues to be discussed at DEFEXPO India. In addition, Rosoboronexport is ready to continue consultations to promote the diesel-electric submarine AMUR-1650 within the upcoming tender for design and construction of the Project 75I submarines for the Indian Navy, as well as to supply an additional series of Project 11356 frigates. Russian patrol and landing craft, ship weapon systems, BAL-E coastal missile system, and a variety of radar and sonar coastal zone surveillance systems have also good prospects in the Indian market.

AMUR-1650 diesel electric submarine

In the aviation segment, of interest are the Ka-226T light utility helicopter, which is a strong contender in the Indian tender to supply 197 reconnaissance & surveillance helicopters, and the Be-200 multipurpose amphibious aircraft, which offers a number of advantages over the competitors within the upcoming Indian Navy’s tender to purchase amphibians for reconnaissance and search & rescue operations and transport service between the island territories.

Ka-226T light utility helicopter

Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the Rostec Corporation, is the sole state-owned arms trade company in the Russian Federation authorized to export the full range of military and dual-purpose products, technologies and services. Rosoboronexport is one of the leading world arms exporters to the international market. Its share in Russia's military exports exceeds 80 percent. Rosoboronexport cooperates with more than 700 enterprises and organizations in the Russian defence industrial complex. Russia maintains military technical cooperation with more than 70 countries around the world.  The Russian corporation Rostec was established in 2007 with the purpose to render assistance to industries in the development, production and export of high-technology military and civil-purpose products. It comprises 663 enterprises grouped into eight holding companies in the defence industrial complex, and five holding companies in civil industry branches. The Rostec subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of the Russian Federation, and export their products to more than 70 countries worldwide.

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