India, Russia Sign Long-Term Support Pact On Sukhoi Su-30MKI
(Source: The Hindu; published March 17, 2017)
By Nayanima Basu
NEW DELHI --- India and Russia on Friday signed two long-terms support agreements for the Sukhoi Su-30MKI combat aircraft fleet, which is the mainstay of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Both countries signed two agreements in the presence of Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Russian Trade Minister Denis Manturov.

The agreements include an upgraded schedule for delivery of spares from Russia for these jets, local manufacturing of parts and a proposed logistics hub for the fighter jets in Bengaluru by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL).

Su-30MKI was designed and developed by Russia's Irkut Corporation specifically for India. The licensed production of the aircraft takes place at HAL's facility in Nashik, Maharashtra.

Another agreement was also signed to provide lifecycle support and maintenance of major Russian equipment and platforms for Mi-17 helicopters, MiG-29K aircraft, INS Vikramaditya and T-90 tanks.

"To ensure smooth lifecycle of such equipment, the objective is to have long-term supply agreements between Russian OEMs and the Indian armed forces or platform manufacturers in case of licensed production such as HAL and the Ordinance Factories Board and to firm up modalities to manufacture some of the identified spare parts and components in India by Indian companies under 'Make in India' initiatives through technology transfer or through joint ventures between India and Russian companies," said a statement.

The agreements were signed between HAL and United Aircraft Corporation and United Engine Corporation.

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