Russia to Supply S-400 Air Defense Systems and Frigates to India
(Source: TASS Defense; published Oct 18, 2016)
Russia will supply two Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates to India, which will assemble one and build two additional ships in one of its shipyards. The contract covering the agreement should be signed by year-end, Tass reports (Russian MoD photo)
BENAULIM, Indian state of Goa --- Russia and India signed several agreements in the military-technical sphere, including for supplies of S-400 Triumph air defense systems, the production of frigates of project 11356 for the Indian Navy, and the creation of an Indian-Russian joint venture to manufacture Ka-226T helicopters.

The agreements were signed in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The S-400 Triumph is an anti-aircraft long-range weapon passed on to the Russian armed forces in 2007. It can destroy aircraft and cruise missiles at a distance of up to 400 kilometers and ballistic targets flying at a speed of 4.8 kilometers per second at a distance of 60 kilometers.

China was the first foreign country to buy S-400. A contract was signed in the spring of 2015. The media estimated the deal at close to 3 billion dollars.

Russia was building six frigates of project 11356 for its Navy however the construction of the last three was in doubt as they are equipped with Ukrainian-made engines. The United Shipbuilding Corporation said it is negotiating with India the sale of the three warships. India currently has six Russian-built frigates of Talwar type which are predecessors of project 11356 warships designed for export. They were passed on to the Indian Navy in 2003-2004 and 2012-2013.

Russia and India agreed on joint production of Ka-226T helicopter in December 2015 during a visit of the Indian prime minister to Russia. It is planned to produce not less than 200 craft of the type and 140 of them will be built on the territory of India.

Ka-226T is a light multipurpose helicopter with a takeoff weight of 3.4 tons. It is designated to carry up to 1.5 tons of cargo or up to seven passengers at a distance of 600 kilometers.

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Russia to Assist India with Project 11356 Frigates Local Construction
(Source: TASS Defense; published Oct 17, 2016)
LE BOURGET, France --- The contract between Russia and India for the building of Project 11356 (NATO reporting name: Admiral Grigorovich-class) frigates has yet to be signed, a Russian senior military-diplomatic source said at the Euronaval 2016 defense show.

"The negotiations between Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin and India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on October 15 during the BRICS summit resulted in the signing of an intergovernmental agreement, in accordance with which Moscow took the obligations to provide technical assistance to India with the local construction of Project 11356 frigates. The agreement paves the way for the relevant [firm] contract to build two such ships in Russia and the remaining in India," the source said. He added that the signing of the relevant contract is scheduled for late 2016.

The source pointed out that the sides would determine the armament and the onboard equipment of the surface combatants before the signing of the aforementioned contract. The shipbuilding facility to construct the frigates would be chosen by India, the source pointed out. Russia’s naval industry will assist its Indian partners with the Project 11356 ships local building program, according to him.

Therefore, New Delhi is supposed to receive the fully assembled fourth and fifth Project 11356 frigates being built by the Kaliningrad-based Yantar Shipyard, namely No. 360 Admiral Butakov and No. 361 Admiral Istomin. The hull of the sixth frigate, No. 362 Admiral Kornilov will be delivered to India to be completed by an Indian shipyard. The remaining Project 11356 frigates will be laid down in India.

The representatives of the Russian-Indian BrahMos Aerospace company told at the Euronaval 2016 exhibition that the Project 11356 frigates for India would be armed with both anti-ship and land-attack BrahMos sea-launched cruise missiles (SLCM). The seeker of the weapon allows eliminating of targets in mountain terrain during the nose-dive maneuver. The missile`s guidance has already revealed its high combat potential, the representatives of the company said.

Moscow is fully satisfied with the development of military-technical cooperation with New Delhi, Vladimir Putin said after his meeting with Narendra Modi.

"The cooperation between Russia and India in military and military-technical areas is successfully evolving. Not only does Russia supply military equipment to India, but also establishes local manufacturing lines [there]," Putin pointed out. He reminded that Moscow had launched the producing of Su-30MKI (Flanker-H) multirole fighter jets, T-90S main battle tanks, BrahMos SLCMs in India. "We are planning to start the assembly of multirole helicopters and frigates in India," Russia`s President added.

On October 15, Moscow and New Delhi signed several military-technical agreements, including those to deliver S-400 Triumph (SA-21 Growler) long-range air defense systems and Project 11356 frigates to India and to establish a joint Russian-Indian venture to produce Ka-226T (Hoodlum) light utility helicopters.

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