Senior officials of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Co-operation (FSMTC) of Russia, and officials of the Rosoboronexport informed that Russia will fully co-operate and is ready to manufacture the defence products in collaboration with the Indian partners to make the ‘Make in India’ concept a success.
Addressing the media at the DefExpo site, the Russian officials – Sergey Goreshlavsky, Dmitry Shugaev, Vladimir Drozhzhov and Georgy Antsev said that they are in negotiation with the government and other private players in India to make joint products in India and Russia.
“Russia has planned to have a warship project in India and that the contracts will be signed soon in this regards. Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Co-operation has worked on the inter-governmental contracts and the defence ties would increase in the due course of time,’’ said the deputy director of the FSMTC of Russia and head of the Russian delegation for DefExpo.
It was informed that Russian Helicopters and the Ministry of Defense would enter into a long-term maintenance agreement for the maintenance of country’s Mi 17 fleet. The officials further cleared that they did not receive any official request from the Pakistan party concerning the delivery of fighter planes. “We have signed contract with Pakistan only for MI- 29 helicopters and not SC35 fighter planes,’’ he stressed.
When asked as to how Russia is looking at the decrease in defence equipment supply to India, the officials said that Federal Service for Military-Technical Co-operation has worked on the the contracts. The officials said that the long-term contracts will be signed and honoured for maintenance and supply of spare parts of the equipment. The officials further said that the Federal Service for Military-Technical Co-operation is in consultation with 50 countries, which have purchased Russian defence equipment over the maintenance.