One of the biggest exhibitors during the forthcoming Aero-India 2021 is going to be Russia. In an interaction with the media earlier in the week, the ambassador of Russia in India Nikolay Kudashev announced the demonstration of “Su-57, Su-35 and MiG-35 fighter jets, helicopters Ka-52, Ka-226, Mi-17B-5, Mi-26, S-400 and the Buk systems.” Also many other new items and equipment are expected to be showcased.
Indo-Russian Defence Cooperation
India and Russia are working towards further deepening their defence ties and are planning to close contracts worth $ 15 billion. The two sides are already in advanced stages of discussions for joint development and production of military platforms, weapons as well as manufacturing spare parts.
Spare Parts Manufacturing in India
This is important as more than 60 percent of the platforms and weapons being used by the Indian armed forces are from Russia, to ensure that there are no delays in getting the spares, the plan is to now manufacture it here with the help of Russia.
Countering the menace of terrorism is another step in the bilateral Defence cooperation between the two sides. The agreement for mutual military and technical cooperation has been extended by another ten years and will now expire in 2030.
Deals with Russia
As has been reported earlier, there is a contract between the tw countries for the S-400 Triumf ‘SA-21 Growler’ long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems. This deal is worth around $5.43 billion, and Indian Air Force (IAF) will get five Triumf regimental kits.
The upgraded Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UPG ‘Fulcrum-E’ fighter aircraft.
Both India and Russia have created a joint venture to manufacture Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light utility helicopters. Around 140 helicopters of the Russian origin are expected to be produced in India and will be in use as the main light utility helicopters for the Indian Armed Forces.