Russia’s arms manufacturer Almaz-Antey considers India a priority market for its products, the head of the company’s delegation to the Aero India-2013 show, Sergei Maximenko, tod Itar-Tass on Monday, February 11.
“In the present, I would say favourable, circumstances, Almaz-Antey is ready to offer and offers the most up-to-date high-tech products that can meet the most criminal requirements of end users,” he said. “End users of our products are the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy.”
He said the company has presented a wide range of products at Aero India-2013, which can provide the basis for building a layered air defence system for a country or its part. These include different versions of the Tor-M2E short-range system, Buk-M2E medium-range system, S-400 and Antey-2500 long-range systems, reconnaissance, detection, directing and targeting systems, and control systems.
Almaz-Antey offers not only finished products to India but also considers various options for working with its industry. “Seeking to adapt products to the unique needs of the Indian market, we offer different versions of our products, including modules based on wheels and trailers made in India. We are engaged in concrete negotiations on these issues with leading Indian defence enterprises and some of the projects are in well advanced stages now,” Maximenko said.
Specifically, Almaz-Antey has offered several options for modernising Russian air defence systems used by the Indian Armed Forces.
Almaz-Antey is allowed by Russian legislation to sign contracts for after-sale services.
“Last year, at Defexpo India 2012, we signed a contract with a leading Indian defence company to extend the service life of our systems used by the Indian Air Force and Army,” Maximenko said.
“This contract is well underway now. We have carried out long-term property supplies, sent our specialists over there and, jointly with our Indian partner, we are fulfilling an end-user order ahead of schedule,” he said.
Almaz-Antey is offering to upgrade Shilka, Tinguska and other systems used by the Indian Armed Forces.
“The agenda of the talks includes several other projects. It would be too early to disclose the issues being discussed, but I think we can reach concrete agreements and sign contracts shortly,” Maximenko said.
He noted that the Indian authorities have announced their intention to cut down on arms import as such with more and more arms contracts to be placed with Indian manufacturers. Almaz-Antey is now studying what can be adapted, taking into account the Indian defence industry’s possibilities and prospects for joint production.
Founded in 2002 by Presidential Decree 412, Almaz-Antey is a Russian joint company in the defence industry created through a merger of Antey Corporation and NPO Almaz, pooling some of the national military enterprises, including the developers of anti-aircraft defence systems. The company has its headquarters in Moscow. In 2008, it reported 4.34 billion U.S. dollars’ worth of arms sales, which made up 94 percent of the total revenue.
BANGALORE, India, February 11 (Itar-Tass)