India and Russia Discuss Support and Maintenance of Su-30MKI
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India and Russia Discuss Support and Maintenance of Su-30MKI
India and Russia Discuss Support and Maintenance of Su-30MKI

On March 17, India-Russia military industrial conference 2017 was inaugurated by the minister of defence, finance and corporate affairs Arun Jaitley. The conference discussed the possibility of manufacturing of parts/ components of Russian equipment in India through industry partnerships. In his inaugurating speech at the conference Jaitely said "Relations with Russia are a key pillar of India’s foreign policy and Russia has been India’s long standing time-tested strategic partner since the last 70 years". The conference primarily aimed at addressing the issues related to life-cycle support and maintenance of major Russian-origin equipments/ platforms such as SU-30MKI aircraft, Mi-17 Helicopters, MiG-29K aircraft, INS Vikramaditya and T-90 tanks.

During the conference, two agreements were signed between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and United Aircraft Corporation and United Engine Corporation of Russia, for general terms and conditions governing long term supply of spares and rendering technical assistance over five years for the Su -30 MKI aircraft.

The minister for industry and trade of Russian Federation, Denis Manturov who jointly inaugurated the conference also addressed the gathering. Around 150 representatives from Russia participated in the conference which includes over 100 representatives from its defence industry. Major Russian companies include United Aircraft Corporation, United Engine Corporation, RAC-MiG, Russian Helicopters and Ural Vagonzavod. From the Indian side over 100 private companies including several SMEs are participating.

Jaitely said "India-Russia Military Technical Cooperation has graduated from a simple buyer-seller relation to one involving joint research, development and production of advanced defence systems. The BRAHMOS missile system as well as the licensed production of Su-30 in India are examples of such flagship cooperation".

The conference also assumes greater significance in the backdrop of the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Apart from deliberations on various policy issues, break-out sessions on aerospace, naval systems and land systems are also planned.


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