Rosoboronexport is looking to expand cooperation with India and is focussing on joint production with the country, the Russian firm said Friday.
“Expanding joint development and production efforts on weaponry and military equipment and transfer of technology will be among the key topics during the talks between Rosoboronexport and Indian partners,” said Ivan Goncharenko, first deputy general director of Rosoboronexport, who led the company’s delegation at the DefExpo.
“This is India’s biggest arms exhibition and therefore Russia is present on a large scale. Clearly, we’re planning to promote a large number of army and naval equipment, air defense systems and aircraft models at the expo.”
According to another senior official, Russia exported $4.78 billion worth of arms and military equipment to India last year.
“It’s a very good result,” said Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation.
The sales represented a leap of more than 50 % over Russian exports of weaponry to India in 2012, estimated at about $3 billion.
India accounted for about a third of all Russian arms exports in 2013, at record $15.7 billion, Dzirkaln said. An amphibious sub-machine gun, capable of shooting under water, and the Kornet-E anti-tank missile system with laser guidance from Russia was presented for the first time in India.
Rosoboronexport officials held talks with Indian partners on current and future projects, including upgrading of previously delivered equipment, including the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, T-72 and T-90S tanks.
The company is expected to discuss the progress of the tender to supply self-propelled artillery systems. Among the big names are 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 licenced production has already been mastered at India’s Heavy Vehicles Factory in Avadi.
The ongoing work on setting up a Russia-Indian JV 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.
Russian producers also presented the self-propelled anti-tank gun Sprut SD, air defense weapons Pantsiri, Thor, Tunguska and Igla, as well as submarine Amur and A coastal missile system Bal-E.