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As part of Vladimir Putin’s visit to India, a number of large MTC contracts are expected to be signed.

As part of Vladimir Putin’s visit to India, a number of large MTC contracts are expected to be signed.

During the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to India, which is scheduled for December 24, a number of MTC contracts are expected to be signed. Below, TSAMTO publishes a list of the largest programs that are being implemented or planned for implementation with India.

I. Supplies in 2012 year

At the Zvezda plant in Bolshoy Kamen (Primorsky Krai) on January 23, the ceremony of handing over the Navy of India to the nuclear submarine K-152 “Nerpa” of the 971U project “Pike-B” took place. According to the contract, the Nerpa submarine was leased to the Indian Navy for ten years. The contract value is more than 920 million dollars. The transfer of the Indian Navy The Nerpa was the first large-scale supply of Russian weapons to India in 2012.

By the end of the year, it is planned to transfer the Indian Navy upgraded at the Zvezdochka Center for Ship Repair of the Sindurakshak diesel-powered submarine submarines (877EKM project).

At the end of April, Yantar PSZ held the official ceremony of transferring the Indian Navy frigate of the 11356 Tag project, built according to a project developed by the Northern Design Bureau. The second frigate Tarkash was handed over to the Indian Navy 9 November.

India continued the implementation of a major program for the supply of military transport helicopters Mi-17В-5 in accordance with the contract concluded by Rosoboronexport in 2008 for the year worth 1,34 billion dollars. The first cars in the number of 21 units. were transferred to the Indian Air Force from October to December last year. In the 2012, at least 30 helicopters were estimated to be transferred. The first fully equipped squadron Mi-17В-5 was officially introduced into the Indian Air Force during a ceremony held on June 29 at Barrakpur airbase.

For the Indian Navy, the delivery of X-NUMX Ka-6 helicopters, which will be based on the Vikramadtitya aircraft carrier, has been completed.

The program of licensed production of ATGM "Konkurs-M" and "Reflex-M" continues.

With India, the T-90С OBT licensed production program continues with India (a firm order for the OB-T T-90 licensed production at the facilities of the Indian defense industry is still 300 units with the completion of the transfer of NE of India in 2013, the option for 700 units has not yet been implemented). It is estimated that 2012 was built under license for about 75 machines.

In addition, in 2012, the contract from 2007 of the year was completed, which provided for the supply of 124 ready OBT T-90C and 223 OBT in vehicle kits for the final assembly in India (the final batch of 2012-23 OBT was delivered in 25 year).

The licensed Su-30MKI assembly continues with India (estimated, the plan for 2012 for the year was 18 units under the contract from 2000 year and 6 units under the contract from 2007 year).

Planned overhaul of Tu-142ME aircraft continues.

The first six MiG-29 fighters for the Indian Air Force as of October were upgraded at RAC MiG under the MiG-29UPG program. In the first decade of December, the first three MiG-29UPG aircraft were transferred to India.

By the end of this year, the MiG Corporation plans to begin deliveries of MiG-29K / KUB aircraft (estimated 4 units) under the second contract with India, providing for the transfer of a total of 29 aircraft to the Indian side.

Other current programs include the following.

Russia continues to assist in the construction of ships in Indian shipyards.

According to reports, the program continues to modernize the Mi-8, Mi-17 and Mi-17-1 helicopters fleet in the Indian Armed Forces.

HAL continues to build capacity for the licensed production of AL-55I engines. This engine was developed by NPO Saturn on the request of India and is designed for installation on the Indian training aircraft HJT-36 and, further, on the TCJ HJT-39. At the moment, in addition to the contract for the supply of 12 aircraft in small-scale production, HAL has received an order to manufacture 60 production versions of the HJT-36 aircraft.

Under a contract with Rosoboronexport, with the assistance of Russian specialists, work continued on the construction of a ground test simulator for ship aviation (THREAD) for the Indian Navy on the basis of Hans (pcs. Goa). The work was planned to be completed by the end of 2012.

The company “R.Е.Т. By the end of 2012, Kronstadt had planned to supply India with two integrated simulators of the Mi-17В-5 helicopter.

Tactical Missiles Corporation continued to supply air-to-air guided missiles RVV-AE.

Ii. Contracts in 2012 year

1. UAC-Transport Aircraft, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) and Multirole Transport Aircraft Ltd. (MTAL) 28 May in Bangalore signed a general contract for the design of a multi-purpose transport aircraft.

The contract for the first stage of the development of the MTA multipurpose transport aircraft took place in New Delhi on October 12. The contract was signed between the Russian-Indian joint venture MTAL - the customer, the Indian corporation HAL and the Russian company JSC OAK-TS - the performers.

The signing of this contract gives an official start to the design work according to the terms of reference approved by the MI of India and the MOS of Russia and opens financing of these works. Control over compliance with the requirements for the aircraft at all stages will be exercised by representatives of the ministries of defense of both countries.

2. Rosoboronexport OJSC together with Splav NPO OJSC and the Department of Defense Production of the Ministry of Defense of India Department of Artillery Plants 27 August signed a memorandum of cooperation in New Delhi.

The Memorandum provides for the organization in India of the production and after-sales service of rockets for the Smerch MLRS. In accordance with the agreements reached, the technology for the production of rockets will be completely transferred to the newly created Russian-Indian joint venture.

3. In early November, India and Russia signed two contracts for the supply of the Indian Army Invar and Konkurs-M to the Indian army.

The Indian Government Security Committee (CCS) on October 18 approved the allocation of 20 billion rupees (about 370 million dollars) for the purchase of 10 thousand ATGM “Invar” (9K119M “Reflex-M”) for tanks T-90S. Moreover, all ATGM "Invar" of this party will be delivered by Russia. According to the plans, the next contract for the production of an additional 15 thousand ATGM “Invar” provides for the creation of a joint venture for the licensed production of ATGMs at the facilities of Bharat Dynamic Ltd. in India.

A week later, on October 25, the Indian Government Security Committee approved the allocation of 12 billion rupees (about 223 million dollars) for the production of another batch of 10 thousand Konkurs-M ATGM for the mechanized infantry units of the SV of the country.

This is the second agreement on the production of Russian ATGM for four years.

As TSAMTO reported earlier, in 2008, a contract was concluded for the continuation of licensed production around 4 thousand ATGM "Konkurs-M". The manufacture of Russian ATGM "Competition" is performed by the company "Bharat Daynemiks Ltd." At that time, it was planned to purchase about 15 thousand ATGM “Konkurs-M” with a total value of 13,8 billion rupees. Apparently, the current order is an option to the contract from 2008 year.

4. The Government of India's Security Committee (CCS) 18 October approved the allocation of 60 billion rupees (1,1 billion dollars) for the purchase of 200 KR "Brahmos" in the air version to equip Su-30МКИ. The project will be implemented by Bramos Aerospace and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) with technical assistance from Russia.

The proposal was made after the feasibility study of technical and economic calculations, proving that the airborne version of the Brahmos KR can be successfully used from the Su-30MKI fighter.

The government of India proposes to equip two prototypes of Super Sukhoi fighter jets with the Brahmos rocket for testing at the first stage of the project, after which another 40 aircraft will be equipped for the Brahmos KR.

Iii. Contracts that may be signed during V. Putin’s visit to New Delhi

1. Contracts for the supply and upgrading of the Su-30KI in the version of "Super Dry"

Russia and India are in the final stages of negotiations on the delivery of 42 new Su-30MKI Super Sukhoi fighters worth 3,77 billion dollars and upgrading 40 Su-30MKI previously delivered to the same version worth about 1 billion dollars.

The contracts are likely to be signed during the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to New Delhi on December 24 of the current year.

The cost of the second contract for the modernization of the Su-30MKI will depend on the agreements reached on the modernization of the onboard radar and avionics, as well as the purchased weapons (not necessarily Russian). It is planned to modernize 40 fighters of the first batch, delivered in 1997-2004.

In the case of a contract, modernization work will begin in 2015.

2. Purchase of the second batch of Mi-17B-5 helicopters

It is possible that during the visit of V. Putin a long-awaited contract will be signed for the supply of the second batch of Mi-17В5 helicopters.

As part of this order, India plans to purchase additional 12 Mi-17В-5 helicopters for the needs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Thus, the total order for the second batch of Mi-17В-5 helicopters may increase from 59 to 71 machines.

The cost of the option to purchase 59 helicopters Mi-17В-5 (in addition to the main contract for 80 machines, signed in 2008 year) was estimated at about 1 billion dollars. Given the purchase of additional machines, the value of the contract, which is under discussion, will increase.

India ordered 80 Mi-17В-5 helicopters in Russia in 2008 for a contract worth 1,34 billion dollars. Delivery of all 80 helicopters under this contract, as planned, will be completed by 2014.

3. The contract for the implementation of the next stage of development of the FGFA fighter

India and Russia plan to sign a contract to implement the design and development stage of the fifth generation FGFA (Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft) fighter before the end of the current or early 2013 year.

The creation of the Indian version of FGFA will be based on the T-50, but the project will be adapted to meet the requirements of the Indian Air Force.

On December 21, 2010, representatives of HAL and Rosoboronexport signed a contract worth $ 295 million for joint development with Sukhoi for 18 months of a preliminary design of the FGFA fighter. After evaluating the results of this phase of the project, the parties agreed to sign an agreement for the implementation of the Design & Development phase of the aircraft. The total cost at this stage is estimated at $ 11 billion, which will be divided between India and Russia.

The Ozar-owned enterprise Ozar in Nasik will receive three prototypes in 2014, 2017 and 2019, which will be tested by pilots of the Indian Air Force.

The Russian side handed over to India a draft of the relevant contract. The document stipulates the cost of designing, expanding the infrastructure of the Ozar plant, the development process and flight tests of a prototype. In particular, India will deploy specialists and test pilots both in Russia and at the Ozar enterprise during the entire stage, which is to be completed in 2019 year. Next, the Indian company will begin mass production of fighters.

According to the latest information, India has retreated from the original intention to create a double version of FGFA.

Initially, it was assumed that India will redesign the single PAK FA single-seater fighter, the purchase of which is determined by the doctrine adopted by the Indian Air Force, providing for the solution of a wide range of combat missions by the aircraft (in the future, the fifth-generation Indian fighter must replace three types of combat aircraft in service). It was expected that at least 166 single and 48 two-seater aircraft would be acquired.

After the assessment, Indian experts concluded that the second cabin would lead to a deterioration in the stealth index, an increase in mass of at least 15% and a decrease in fuel reserves. In addition, the cost of developing a double option can increase the cost of the project by 2 billion dollars.

According to information published at the end of 2011 on the XAL website, the length of FGFA will be 22,6 m, height - 5,9 m, maximum take-off weight - 34 t. The aircraft will be equipped with two thrust vector-controlled engines and will be able to reach maximum speed up to 2М. Flight range will be up to 3880 km. FGFA can carry up to 2,25 tons of weapons in the internal compartments and 5,75 tons on the external sling.

Iv. Major programs under discussion

1. Negotiations with India on the construction of three frigates

Russia and India are negotiating the construction of three more frigates of the 11356 project for the Indian Navy at JSC PSZ Yantar.

On November 11, the ceremony of the transfer of the Indian Navy to the frigate Tarkash of the 9 project took place at the Yantar PSZ 11356. "Tarkash" - the second ship from the second three built for India frigates of this project.

The first three of these frigates were built at the Baltic factory in 1999-2004. The first three frigates (Talvar, Trishul and Tabar), as well as the head ship of the second three Tag, built at the Yantar plant and transferred to the customer in April 2012, successfully serve in the Indian Navy.

The frigates of the second three received improved weapons and improved performance. In contrast to the “first three”, instead of the Club-N missile system, they installed a Russian-Indian missile system with the BrahMos PJ-10 supersonic cruise missile.

In early October, at one of the Indian marine polygons, the high combat characteristics of the BrahMos complex were confirmed during practical shooting, which was the subject of an official government statement in New Delhi.

The third ship of the second three "Trikand" and the sixth frigate of this project, built for the Indian Navy, is undergoing sea trials and will be handed over to the customer in 2013 year.

2. Indian government is considering leasing the second submarine of the 971 project

The government of India is considering the possibility of leasing the second Russian nuclear submarine after the introduction of the 971 "Chakra" project into the country's Navy.

According to the statement of the Minister of Defense of India, AK Antoni, the proposal to supply the second submarine is being considered, but the decision has not yet been made. “India can afford it and it is expedient, based on the cost of 10-year rental of“ Chakra ”in 920 million dollars,” said A. Anthony.

Initially, in the 2004, the Indian Navy planned to lease two 971 “Pike-B” submarines from Russia. At the same time a protocol was signed on the completion of the construction of two submarines mothballed at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant (gas station). The project was agreed with the government of India. However, in 2007, the new cabinet decided to implement the option of only one Russian nuclear submarine, since its own program of building a nuclear submarine was already at an advanced stage.

The renewal of the proposal to lease the second submarine is primarily associated with the intention to “convince” the Russian side in closer cooperation with the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as part of its own submarine development program.

3. Continuation of licensed production of MBT T-90С or purchase of upgraded MBT T-90MS

In the 2013 year, according to the schedule, the licensed production of 300 MBT T-90С in India should be completed as part of the license agreement for the assembly of a total of 1000 T-90С tanks.

A firm contract has been signed for the licensed assembly 300 OBT T-90С (the assembly of the remaining 700 units is still in the option).

Alternatives: the signing of a contract to continue the licensed assembly of the T-90С, or the purchase, and then (possibly) the licensed assembly of the upgraded MBT T-90MS.

The corresponding proposal was transferred to the Indian side. According to reports, at the first stage we can talk about the purchase of 354 MBT T-90MS for the amount of 1,8 billion dollars.

4. Licensed production of engines AL-31

According to officially unconfirmed information (the message was published by the Vedomosti newspaper), Rosoboronexport in October 2012 signed a contract with the Indian side for about 5 billion dollars, providing for licensed production in India from Russian components to 970 of AL-31FI engines in the period up to 30.

Due to the lack of official confirmation, this program TSAMTO classifies so far in the category of "intent". Perhaps something more specific on this program will emerge from the results of V. Putin’s visit to New Delhi.

In general, according to TSAMTO, in view of the large number of Su-30MKI fighters in the Indian Air Force, this issue is topical and the Indian side, sooner or later had to turn to Russia with such a proposal.

5. Procurement of two new AIR planes for the Indian Air Force

The Indian Defense Minister confirmed that for the Air Force of the country it is planned to purchase two new long-range radar detection and control aircraft (AEWS) in addition to the three Israeli Falcons already delivered on the basis of the Russian military-technical cooperation Il-76.

V. Tenders with the participation of Russia

Russia participates in more than 10 tenders held by the Indian Ministry of Defense. The largest of them are the tender for the supply of 6 NNS (this tender has not yet been officially announced, but preparations for it are in full swing) and 197 light helicopters (according to this tender, the results should be announced in the near future).

Vi. Russia's biggest failures

1. The loss of the program MMRCA (Russia submitted to the tender fighter MiG-35). The choice was made in favor of France (fighter "Rafale").

2. Losing in the tender for the supply of tanker aircraft. The choice in early November of this year was made in favor of the Airbus Militi with the A-330 MRTT.

3. Losing in tenders for the supply of attack helicopters 22 and 15 heavy transport helicopters. The choice is made in favor of the United States.

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  1. humanist
    humanist 21 December 2012 11: 22
    The plans are big, but it is necessary to conclude contracts taking into account their capabilities, and not the desire to "master the budget" otherwise we will "fly into the chimney", "Yantar" delays the release of frigates by about 1 year each and the cost price is higher than the contract price, that is, they sell at a loss , Figvamvaridya martyr still does not want to leave the Russian waters, we will probably also "slobber" not sickly and so on ... winked
    As for the profitability of ship manufacturing contracts for India, Ruslan Pukhov emphasized that we must deal with each case separately. He recalled that the first three frigates of this class for India (the contract was signed in 1997) were made in St. Petersburg at the Baltic Shipyard.

    «There were some flaws, but overall everything went well there. If the second three frigates were made at the Baltic factory, where production had already been cranked once, then everything would be done on time with proper quality, without disruption and without loss"- said Pukhov.

    According to him, “When a voluntary decision was made” to transfer the production of frigates to “Yantar”, “which had no construction experience and was in a bankrupt state”, the money was partially spent on the deployment of mass production.

    «This time bomb was laid under the decision - for some unknown reason - to experiment in another plant. If (the second batch of frigates) built the Baltic plant, this situation would not have been"- said Pukhov.

    He added that if a contract for three more frigates is now concluded and they decide to transfer them to some third plant, "it will be even worse." “This is an objective situation that arose due to an incorrect decision several years ago,” the expert summed up.

    In total, the Indian Navy ordered three frigates from Yantar. The contract worth $ 1,5 billion was signed in 2006. India receives all three frigates of the second batch with a one-year delay. The first - Teg ("Saber") - was transferred in April, the second - Tarkash ("Quiver") - in November, the third - Trikand ("Bow") - is currently implementing a mooring test program and will be transferred in the summer of 2013.


    India may impose a fine on Russia for delaying the transfer of the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier to 6 billion rupees ($ 115 million). Such an opportunity is provided for in a contract drawn up between Russia and India.

    "We can impose a fine of up to 5% of the value of the Vikramaditya contract if there is a delay in the supply of a warship," said an official from the Indian Ministry of Defense.
    1. bukyak
      bukyak 21 December 2012 14: 21
      as I look, you are an expert on all topics and issues !!!. Specialists will heed your advice, as it should .... and what kind of specialists are they ?! so delitanty, and experts in tyrneta sit and know everything.
      You haven’t built an aircraft carrier in your country house, with such knowledge?
  2. Santa Fe
    Santa Fe 21 December 2012 11: 24
    Vi. Russia's biggest failures

    1. The loss of the program MMRCA (Russia submitted to the tender fighter MiG-35). The choice was made in favor of France (fighter "Rafale").

    2. Losing in the tender for the supply of tanker aircraft. The choice in early November of this year was made in favor of the Airbus Militi with the A-330 MRTT.

    3. Losing in tenders for the supply of attack helicopters 22 and 15 heavy transport helicopters. The choice is made in favor of the United States.

    And also the story of the Vikramaditya (the aircraft carrier was supposed to be built in 2008) and the Indian Navy's choice of Boeing P-8 Poseidon as the base anti-submarine aircraft.
  3. Rustam
    Rustam 21 December 2012 11: 45
    Big plans, but we need to conclude contracts considering our capabilities
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    I do not agree - there is no need to click one place (your place will be taken by the moment)

    VV will sign the intended something good wink

    The struggle for the Indian market is enormous - because in China and the West we need to sell something with caution
    in India they pay differently in cash and do not do stupid copying like cunning Chinese winked

    therefore, all the major players in the world market offer the latest weapons, even those which are still few in their own armies winked
    the struggle will be colossal - everyone in the crisis period must survive - therefore we should not be afraid to sell everything modern - because this is work for our people and the development of enterprises

    in the photo the newest P-8I American naval Poseidon, yesterday transferred the first three, even in the US Navy there are as many
  4. Botanologist
    Botanologist 21 December 2012 14: 56
    Holding onto foreign markets is necessary if only so that industry does not relax. Adapting products to customer requirements is a very good experience and skills. And influencing neighbors through arms sales is always helpful.
    Well, punctures in tenders is not a problem. After all, no one will believe when we declare that the entire range of all weapons of our production is the best in the world. About Apache - generally it would be strange if India chose our Mi-28 with underestimated avionics and weapons.
    But there is room to grow.