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Public events and actual benefits

In early February, in the Indian city of Bangalore, an international aviation Aero India 2013 exhibition. As always happens at such events, manufacturers of military equipment demonstrated their products, potential buyers got acquainted with its characteristics, and those who had already chosen the right product signed the contracts. Moreover, the current Aero India exhibition differs from the previous ones by one not-so-pleasant thing. It could be said that the Russian delegation returned from Bangalore with nothing. During the show, Russia did not sign a single more or less large contract for the supply of aircraft. Additionally, the fact that there are no contracts even with India, which has been the main buyer of Russian military products for the past few years, upsets.

Fortunately, during the cabin, negotiations began on the supply of Mi-17В-5 helicopters. The Indian Ministry of the Interior wishes to receive 12 such helicopters in the coming years. Three of them need to be done in the version for the transport of important persons, and the remaining nine - in the patrol version. The latter will go to serve in the coast guard. It is worth noting that the supply of VIP helicopters for the Ministry of Internal Affairs may have interesting consequences. Right now, there is an investigation into corruption scams around a similar contract of the Ministry of Defense. No one can guarantee that a contract already signed with Italy will not be broken. In this case, you will need a new agreement for the supply of helicopters, and it is the Russian vehicles that may well be the subject of such a deal. Therefore, the current negotiations in the very near future can bring unexpected benefits.

Another more than lucrative contract was signed a couple of months before the Bangalore exhibition. Probably, the Indian and Russian sides decided to donate advertising moments and conclude an agreement early during the Russian delegation’s visit to India. Back in December, official representatives of the two countries signed all the documents implying the delivery of assembly kits for Su-30MKI fighter jets. In the near future, Indian aircraft manufacturers will receive the 42 kit and assemble their own ready-made aircraft. For the supply of fighters, Russia will receive about 1,6 billion US dollars. India, in turn, will bring the total number of its Su-30MKI to two hundred.

A characteristic feature of the military-technical cooperation between Russia and India is also a considerable number of joint projects. Perhaps the most famous of these is the BrahMos family of rockets. Anti-ship guided munitions, developed by the Russian military-industrial corporation NPO Mashinostroeniya and the Indian organization DRPO (Defense Research and Development Organization), are already in service with the Indian army and are offered for export. During the exhibition Aero India-2013, the layout of the new BrahMos II rocket was demonstrated. It is argued that the new rocket will be able to fly at hypersonic speed and, therefore, it will have no equal in the world. The exact characteristics of the future rocket, as well as the timing of the end of the project, have not yet been named.

Even more interesting is the joint FGFA project (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft - “Fifth Generation Fighter”), created on the basis of the Russian program PAK FA. Before the work on FGFA are two goals. First, this fighter in the future will be the basis of the Indian Air Force, and secondly, it will be produced for export. Some countries have already indicated their willingness to purchase such an aircraft. According to available information, various issues related to the development of the original T-50 aircraft are currently being worked out. The active development of a new fighter for India and third countries will begin a little later, probably after the start of mass production of the T-50 for the Russian air force.

In the context of the FGFA project, the KS-172 air-to-air guided missile is often mentioned. Having a launch range of about 400 kilometers, it is able to significantly raise the combat potential of any fighter, both modern and advanced. The development of this rocket has been carried out at Novator NPO for more than twenty years, but it has not yet been completed and the adoption of a rocket for armament is possible only in the future. Seeing the high characteristics of the promising rocket, several years ago, the Indians showed willingness to take on part of the financing of the KS-172 project. The only condition was equipping Su-30MKI and FGFA fighters with similar missiles. After India began to provide support, the project began to move forward.

Public events and actual benefits

As a matter of fact, promising fighters and weapons for them, most likely, in the near future will be the main article of international agreements. India has two neighbors to reckon with - Pakistan and China. The first is trying, as far as possible, to purchase modern aircraft, while the second is already having two fifth-generation fighter projects at once. AMCA’s own Indian project (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft - Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft), designed to compete with the latest generation of fighter aircraft, is in serious trouble. There is reason to believe that the Indian designers will not be able to complete it in time for a number of technical reasons. As a result, the joint FGFA project looks more than promising in terms of cooperation with India.

It is not difficult to guess that the solemn ceremony of signing contracts at exhibitions is only an advertising process. All major events, including negotiations on contract details, take place, as they say, behind the scenes. As you can see, outside the pavilions of the exhibition Aero India-2013 passes much more interesting events than you can imagine. Russia and India continue to lead joint projects and sign contracts for the supply of new equipment. The fact that the last salon did not sign a single major agreement between our countries can hardly be considered a prerequisite for the further deterioration of relations in the field of military-technical cooperation.

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  1. queen
    queen 1 March 2013 11: 04
    Pleased with the inscription "DANGEROUS"
    1. Tartary
      Tartary 1 March 2013 11: 13
      Quote: regin
      Pleased with the inscription "DANGEROUS"

      I remember showing how the Amerian plane pulled a mechanic into the air intake, how he flew in a bag and could not see his legs - the helmet saved the dude, tore it off his head and pulled it through the entire turbine ...
      1. opkozak
        opkozak 1 March 2013 13: 28
        Nothing saved him ...

        1. queen
          queen 1 March 2013 14: 13
          (((((how was he buried? in the package, probably the pilot’s shock
        2. SSR
          SSR 1 March 2013 15: 08
          Quote: opkozak
          Nothing saved him

          It was on an aircraft carrier, but I don’t remember which one (about the fur that escaped)
      2. SSR
        SSR 1 March 2013 15: 18
        Quote: Tartary
        I remember showing

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  2. crocodile25
    crocodile25 1 March 2013 13: 10
    BrahMos II amers recently experienced something similar, but with us, as always, only in projects. request
    1. aksakal
      aksakal 1 March 2013 21: 38
      Better later in the projects, but immediately successful than as amers - have already conducted several tests, all failed! In my opinion, they will not finish the sound
  3. zmey
    zmey 1 March 2013 14: 39
    I do not vkurse che for rocket takya BrahMos ??? and why is the development joint, but only Indians use it ???
    According to the magazine "Foreign Military Review" No. 1 for 2013 p.97
    - "According to the information of the program managers, the test of the fourth and last unmanned experimental combat aircraft, capable of speeds up to 6 times the speed of sound, is scheduled for 2013. In August 2012, the third test of the aircraft, called the X-51A" Waverrider " ended up falling apart over the Pacific Ocean. "

    Yes amers "tested", and we design, on their mistakes !!!
    1. Metlik
      Metlik 1 March 2013 16: 04
      Bramos Onyx missile variant
    2. crocodile25
      crocodile25 1 March 2013 21: 33
      Without flight tests, you can design forever, as a result, again everything will fall into a long box.
  4. zao74
    zao74 1 March 2013 14: 51
    The beginning of the article "for peace", and graduated "for health" ...
  5. gizz
    gizz 1 March 2013 16: 28
    "Bramos 2" somewhat "Cold" reminds
  6. smprofi
    smprofi 1 March 2013 17: 06
    Well, not everything is as rosy as it is written in the article.

    by FGFA
    Initially, the parties involved in the development assumed that the first FGFA prototype would be handed over to the Indian military in 2014, and serial deliveries would begin in 2017. Later, the Indian Ministry of Defense announced that the contractor ─ the Russian company Sukhoi ─ will break the deadlines and delay the supply of aircraft. According to a new assessment by the Indian agency, the second and third prototypes of the FGFA will arrive in India in 2017 and 2019, respectively.

    about "public events" and Bangalore, in particular, the Indian Telegraph on February 6 published an article with the subtitle:
    The Russian bear raged here today (Russian bear raged here today)
    anyone who is friends with English can be found in full:
  7. Boomer
    Boomer 2 March 2013 01: 48
    hellish cuisine 2 resting)