India seeks collaboration with Russia to modernise defence platforms

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov in Moscow, Russia.

New Delhi (NVI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that India is ready to explore opportunities and co-production of high-end defence equipment with Russia and want collaboration with the country to modernise defence platforms by advanced and emerging technology.

He said, India is encouraging Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) from Russian Defence Industry to partner with Indian entities making use of the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

He urged the Industry leaders to make use of the significant economic reforms undertaken by the Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to improve ease of doing business and opening up the defence manufacturing sector for foreign participation, an official statement said.

The Minister was addressing the CEOs of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) from Russian Defence Industry On November 5 after jointly inaugurating ‘India-Russia Defence Industry Cooperation Conference’ with Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Mr Denis Manturov in Moscow, Russia.

“We have set up defence corridors in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and offer attractive terms for investment. India is ready to explore opportunities and co-production of high-end defence equipment with Russia. We want collaboration with you to modernise our defence platforms by advanced and emerging technology”.

“Indian MSMEs seek footholds in the global supply chains with support from Russian and other foreign companies,” he added.

He said that such industrial partnership can also address ‘After Sales Support of Equipment of Soviet or Russian origin’ already in service with Indian Defence Forces.

He highlighted the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) on mutual cooperation in joint manufacturing of spares, components, aggregates and other material related to Russian or Soviet Origin Arms and Defence Equipment that was signed between India and Russia on September 4, 2019 during the 20th India-Russia Annual Summit at Vladivostok.

Rajnath Singh said, the IGA defines broad framework of cooperation for manufacturing of spares in India by way of collaboration between Indian industry and Russian OEMs.

The Defence Minister assured that India will provide orders for procurement of agreed quantities at mutually decided price for a period not less than five years. He also expressed hope that the manufacturing under the agreement in India will lead to reduction in cost, reduction in timelines of the supplies and progressive indigenisation of spares.

“We will soon share with the Russian side the list of spares and items, proposed to be manufactured in India. I hope that Russia will identify the OEMs in the next few months who can partner in production of these spares. We are eager to see several joint industrial activities in India on the basis of the agreement in near future,” he said.