Press Statement by Prime Minister during the Visit of President of Russia to India (excerpt)
(Source: Press Information Bureau; issued Oct 15, 2016)
Since the last two Annual Summits, the journey of our partnership has seen renewed focus and drive. President Putin and I have just concluded an extensive and useful conversation on the entire spectrum of our engagement.

The highly productive outcomes of our meeting clearly establish the special and privileged nature of our strategic partnership. They also lay the foundations for deeper defence and economic ties in years ahead.

The agreements on manufacturing of Kamov 226T helicopters; constructions of frigates; and acquisition and building of other defence platforms are in synergy with India’s technology and security priorities. They also help us achieve the objectives of Make in India.

We have also agreed to work on an annual military industrial conference that will allow stakeholders on both sides to institute and push collaboration.

These projects are new chapters in a long history of strong and diverse defence partnership that both sides can take much pride in. (end of excerpt)


Click here for the full statement, on the PIB website.

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India to Buy Game-Changer S-400 Air Defence System from Russia
(Source: Press Trust of India; published Oct 15, 2016)
BENAULIM (GOA) --- India today announced that it will buy the S-400 Triumf air defence systems from Russia, worth over USD 5 billion, and collaborate in making four state of art frigates besides setting up a joint production facility for making Kamov helicopters.

The deals were announced following talks held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit being held here.

The development comes as Russia hopes to stave off tough competition from the Americans and the Europeans to continue being India's foremost defence supplier.

The most strategically important decision is the Inter-Governmental Agreement for the purchase of S-400 'Triumf' long-range air defence missile system which has the capability to destroy incoming hostile aircraft, missiles and even drones at ranges of up to 400 km.

India and Russia have been in talks for over a year for the purchase of at least five systems of S-400 that will be a game changer in the region.

It is capable of firing three types of missiles, creating a layered defence, and simultaneously engaging 36 targets. If India signs the deal, it would be the second customer of the prized missile system after China which had struck a USD 3 billion contract last year.

Another important deal is for four Admiral Grigorovich-class (Project 11356) guided-missile stealth frigates.

Under this deal, two vessels will come from Russian and while the other two will be built in India with Russian collaboration.

No decision has been made on the selection of the Indian shipyard.

This is in furtherance to the six Talwar-class frigates that Russia built for the Indian Navy between 2003 and 2013.

The complex agreement for production of 200 Kamov 226T helicopters domestically under a nearly USD 1 billion deal to replace the country's aging Cheetah and Chetak choppers is yet another important defence deal between the countries.

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S-400 Anti-Aircraft Missile Systems Delivery to India Can Begin in 2020
(Source: Russian Television; published Oct 15, 2016
Delivery of Russia’s most advanced anti-aircraft defense system, the S-400 Triumph, to India could begin in 2020 according to an agreement signed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the BRICS summit in India.

“An intergovernmental agreement has been signed today, under which the Russian side has undertaken to deliver S-400 [to India],” head of the Russian state-owned defense and technology giant Rostec Sergey Chemezov told reporters on the sidelines of the BRICS summit on Saturday.

“We will then start preparing the contracts and I hope that in the first half of 2017 we will complete and sign these contracts and the production will start. I believe the delivery will begin somewhere in 2020,” he added.

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said the agreement on S-400 delivery is highly important as it shows Russia’s willingness to strengthen strategic partnerships with its main allies.

“S-400 it is our newest system. We are currently equipping our own military forces with it and we are making an exception only for our closest allies, such as India and China.

“The fact that we have reached agreements with both India and China [regarding S-400 delivery] shows a lot. It shows that Russia exports its most advanced technologies to the countries it trusts, with which it is building strategic partnerships,” he stressed, mentioning Russia’s agreement on S-400 exports with China, the first foreign buyer of the system. That deal was announced in the spring of 2015. According to media reports, the transaction amounted to about $3 billion.

“S-400 [is] a real leader, a global brand that left behind even the Americans,” he added.

The S-400 is the most advanced anti-aircraft defense system in Russia, and is unparalleled in the world. Manufactured by Russian producer Almaz Antey under a contract with the Russian Defense Ministry and introduced into service in 2007, the cutting-edge S-400 system consists of a set of radars, missile launchers and command posts. It is designed to ensure air defense using long- and medium-range missiles that can hit both land and aerial targets, including tactical and strategic aircraft as well as ballistic and cruise missiles, at ranges up to 400km (248 miles).

In August this year, the S-400 was delivered to a surface-to-air missile (SAM) regiment in Crimea. The Defense Ministry had previously announced that 16 regiments of the Russian Army would be equipped with S-400s by the end of the year. In 2015, the hardware was also deployed to Russia’s Arctic region and in Syria to the Russian Air Force base in Latakia.

India has been a traditional buyer of Russian arms since the 1950s. Over the last five years, about 70 percent of the country’s military purchases have come from Russia.

According to Rogozin, Russia retains the top spot in the Indian market of arms and military equipment.

“To date we are the main suppliers of arms and military equipment to the Indian market,” said Rogozin in Goa.

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Russia and India Sign Agreement to Jointly Produce Ka-226T
(Source: Russian Helicopters; issued October 15, 2016)
MOSCOW --- The signing of the agreement on creation of the joint venture is part of the Russian-Indian summit, which is taking place in the Indian state of Goa today. For Russia, the agreement was signed by Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev and the head of Rosoboronexport Anatoly Isaikin. Both Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport are part of State Corporation Rostec. The Indian side was represented by the Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Suvarna Raju.

The signing of the joint venture marks a new stage of cooperation between Russia and India in the helicopter industry, which was first defined by the intergovernmental agreement between Moscow and Delhi in December 2015. In addition, the joint venture will become a pilot project for the Russian-Indian part of the Make in India program, which is implemented by the Indian government.

"The joint venture is certainly a breakthrough project for us, because it fundamentally changes the model of our cooperation within the helicopter industry. India has been one of our most important strategic partners. For the first time we are ready to offer our deep localization of helicopters, including the set up for production of various helicopter components and assemblies. I hope that the Ka-226T assembled in India has a great future in the world market," said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev.

"The joint venture for local production of Ka-226T is a profoundly new and substantial step in the development of cooperation between India and Russia. The fleet of Russian-made helicopters in India is over 400 units. But this is the first of such large-scale complex agreements for delivery and production of new helicopters in the amount of 200 units, which is fully in line with the Make in India initiative" - said Sergei Chemezov, Rostec CEO. "In addition, over the next 5 years there will be facilities set up for maintenance and servicing of the produced helicopters. Therefore, the agreement represents not just a contract for production but for full lifecycle support."

"The joint venture agreement signing is the result of long time work with our Indian partners. The production of Ka-226Ts is a Russian-Indian project within the framework of the Make in India program and is a logical continuation of great collaboration to create high-tech industries in India. We are proud that we were able to agree on all details on time and thus to launch this project, which, I am sure, has good prospects, "- said General Director of Rosoboronexport Anatoly Isaikin.

Under the terms of the intergovernmental agreement, the joint Russian-Indian enterprise created by Russian Helicopters, JSC Rosoboronexport and India's HAL Corporation must arrange the localization of production and supply of 200 light multirole Ka-226T for 9 years. The first 60 helicopters will be produced in Russia, and the production of the remaining 140 helicopters is being planned in India. In addition to the assembly, the agreement provides for maintenance, operation, repairs and technical support cooperation.

The joint venture is set to create facilities for repairs and maintenance of helicopters produced in India in 5 years, and facilities for the overhaul within 7 years after deliveries of the first batch of helicopters.

The light multirole helicopter Ka-226T with a coaxial main rotor system has a maximum takeoff weight of 3.6 tons and up to 1 ton payload. The main distinguishing feature of the helicopter is its modular design. A passenger cabin can be easily installed onto the Ka-226T, which allows to transport up to 6 people, or it can be replaced with various special equipment modules. The helicopter is characterized by simplicity of operation, high precision hover, excellent maneuverability and handling, easy maintenance, and also by large power capacity and maximum safety.

The Ka-226T’s flight performance characteristics, its reliability and efficiency, as well its advanced technical equipment, such as modern avionics and safety features, have all made it one of the best helicopters in its class.

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