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Moscow and new Delhi are negotiating multi-million dollar contract for the modernization of T-90 tanks manufactured in India under the Russian license, told Bloomberg. In Delhi I hope that this transaction will allow to reduce dependence on supplies from Russia
Russia and India began negotiations on the multi-million contract to supply military technology to modernize thousands of Indian tanks T-90, produced under Russian licence, reports Bloomberg , citing its sources familiar with the negotiations.
According to Bloomberg, the talks began at the end of 2016 and “gained momentum” during the military-industrial conference held in new Delhi on March 17-18.
Under the deal, Russia will provide India the technology that will allow the tanks produced in Indian factories for the Russian license, increase the speed and rate of fire. They will also make the car more comfortable for their crews, told the news Agency.
In addition, the conference was closed on the deal between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. and United engine Corporation about support and long term service multi-role fighters su-20MKI also produced under Russian license, said Bloomberg. The amount of the transaction under this contract amounted to $315 million.
In 2001 between Russia and India was signed the contract for the supply of approximately 1450 T-90. Of this number, only 124 tanks were purchased from Russia and others were manufactured under license for the Indian military factories. Machine produced under Russian licence, is involved in the defense of the borders of India with Pakistan in the States of Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, says Bloomberg.
Russian technologies will be exported to India under the programme of Prime Minister Narendra modi “Made in India” which aims at stimulating domestic production, writes Bloomberg.
The publication notes that the largest Russian arms companies such as United aircraft Corporation, United shipbuilding Corporation “Helicopters of Russia” and UVZ presented their detailed presentation on cooperation with the Indian side at the conference in new Delhi.
T-90S and T-90MS
Tank T-90S — export version of the T-90. According to Uralvagonzavod, its rate of fire up to seven rounds per minute and a maximum speed of 60 km/h.
Since 2011, the armed forces of Russia adopted the T-90MS is an upgraded version of the T-90.
The maximum speed of the upgraded tank on the highway at least 60 km/h. It is equipped with a 125 mm smoothbore gun that provides increased accuracy compared to previous models.
This tank used the wheel and not the torsion control system and the automatic transmission with the option of switching to manual switching, which allows to reduce the physical load on the driver, reduce fuel consumption and improve acceleration characteristics of the machine.
Press Secretary of the defense Ministry of India has denied Bloomberg in comments regarding the current negotiations. The press Secretary of Rosoboronexport could not promptly comment on this information, the Agency said.
In late February, Minister of industry and trade Denis Manturov said that Russia in the end of 2016, has signed a major contract for the supply of tanks T-90MS one of the countries in the middle East. He also said that in the near future it is planned to sign another contract, but no information about the details of the transaction nor its size he did not disclose.
Manturov also said that Russia is in talks on export deliveries of su-35. “We have ongoing dialogue with several foreign customers for this aircraft,” — said the head of Ministry of industry and trade.
The share of Russian military equipment has at least 60% of the entire fleet of the Indian army, says Bloomberg.
India has certain claims to the Russian exporters of arms. In early March, the Times of India newspaper wrote, citing its sources, that new Delhi will agree to a joint project on development and creation of the fighter of the fifth generation (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft, FGFA) only if the Indian side will be transferred all technical documentation. The Indian military decided to consider the mistakes that were made during the production program in the country, su-30 MK from Russian components. Hindustan Aeronautics has created 272 fighter from foreign parts, but due to the lack of documentation cannot produce them on their own. In the result, the Indian su it turns out more expensive than the Russian counterpart.