AERO INDIA 2013: Russian Focus on Aircraft, Air Defense

By on Thursday, February 7th, 2013

At the 9th International Exhibition on Aerospace, Defence & Civil Aviation AERO INDIA 2013, to be held in Bangalore from February 6 to 10, a Rosoboronexport delegation is to present the latest export models of Russian aviation and air defense equipment and discuss the promising areas in military-technical cooperation between Russia and India and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

AERO INDIA 2013 will give a new impetus to strong positive military-technical cooperation between Russia and India and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Here, Rosoboronexport will present the Yak-130 combat trainer, Il-78MK-90 tanker, the newest Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft, Be-200 multipurpose amphibian, Mi-35M, Mi-26T2, Ka-31 and Ka-226T helicopters, as well as many other new samples of the Russian aircraft industry, including training aids and airborne weapons.

Russian planes and helicopters have proven to be worthy in the Asia-Pacific region. The fact that India’s Republic Day Parade 2012 started with a flyover by the newest Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters, which were given the honor of carrying the National Flag and the Army, Navy and Air Force flags, was a clear evidence of India’s strong confidence in Russian aviation equipment.

Building an antiaircraft and missile defense system, without which it is impossible to talk about the reliable security of any state, is very promising for the development of a military-technical dialogue with the countries in the region, particularly with India. With its vast experience in this sphere, Russia will showcase a wide range of reliable systems capable of providing assured protection for military installations, administrative and political centers, and infrastructure components in India – the Antey-2500 ADMS, Tor-M2E and Buk-M2E SAM systems, as well as the Pantsir-S1 SPAAAGM system and Igla-S MANPADS.`

Rosoboronexport Deputy Director General Viktor Komardin heading the joint Rostec and Rosoboronexport delegation noted that in cooperation with India Rosoboronexport came over, de facto, from traditional sales pattern to joint development of the latest equipment.

“As of now, the first preliminary design phase of the fifth generation fighter program has been successfully completed and work on the multi-role transport aircraft (MTA) is progressing on schedule. In addition, the BrahMos supersonic missile is to be integrated by the Indian side into a Russian air platform, – said Viktor Komardin. – It is with Russia that India works jointly on truly exclusive, large-scale and mutually beneficial projects. The answer to it is quite simple: no country, except Russia, is willing to give India advanced military technology.”

He also said that in Bangalore India and Russia will continue to discuss the further Su-30MKI fighter modernization program, which will affect virtually all components of the aircraft.

The issues relating to the implementation of offset programs by the Russian side in broad cooperation with Indian partners, as well as the prospects for further cooperation on the offset obligations in the MTC area will also be raised. One such project is a program proposed by Rosoboronexport, which is bidding to supply 197 reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters. The uniqueness of the Russian proposal is that owing to its performance the newest Ka-226T multirole helicopter is perfect for carrying out combat missions specified by the customer; moreover, the offset program proposed by Russia is also very attractive for the Indian industry.

JSC Rosoboronexport – the sole state company in Russia authorized to export the full range of defense and dual-use products, technologies and services. It is part of the Rostec Corporation. Rosoboronexport is ranked among the leaders of the global arms market and accounts for over 80% of Russia’s annual arms sales. Rosoboronexport cooperates with more than 700 enterprises and organizations of Russia’s defense industrial complex. Russia maintains military-technical cooperation with over 70 countries worldwide.

Rostec is Russian corporation established in 2007 in order to assist high technology civil and military goods designing, production and exportation. It comprises 663 enterprises which form 8 military-industrial complex and 5 civil industry holdings. The companies of Rostec are located in 60 regions of Russia and cater for the markets of over 70 countries. Net profit in 2011 was 45.6 billion roubles, and overall taxation totalled 100 billion roubles.

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