Russia agrees to Indian demand for quick servicing of equipment

IDD
Bureau

Following demands form
India for quicker availability of military spares, Russia has agreed to form
specific groups that will take care of after-sales servicing of Russian
equipment being used by armed forces in India.

Indian Defence Minister
Rajnath Singh at a meeting with his Russian counterpart General Sergey Shoigu
in Moscow on November 6 highlighted the importance of the inter-governmental
agreement on manufacturing of spares, components and aggregates in India
through joint ventures that would reduce cost, timelines of supply and result
in progressive indigenisation.

At the India-Russia
Defence Industry Conference held in Moscow on Nov 5 India had said it would
share with Russia a list of spares and items of military use, which it required
to be manufactured in India. India is ready to give confirmed orders for five
years at go, meaning the manufacturer will be helped in planning his order
book. A delegation of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and
Industry (FICCI) is also part of the Defence Ministers delegation

The talks were part of
the 19th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and Military
Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-M&MTC) meeting, co-chaired by Singh and
General Shoigu.

“General Shoigu agreed
to a request by India to constitute specific working groups for after-sales
support of key defence platforms. Both sides agreed to intensify efforts to finalise
a cooperation programme for 10-year period beginning 2021”, a spokesperson on
the Indian side said.

This agreement is
expected to provide a major boost to the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Also the Russians
affirmed its readiness to operationalise joint venture lndo-Russia Rifles
Private Limited for the manufacture of Kalashnikov AK 203 rifles in India.

Reciprocal
Logistics:
India and Russia today directed
respective teams for early conclusion of the India-Russia inter-governmental
agreement on Reciprocal Logistics Support Agreement (RLSA). It will allow the
militaries on either side to use the bases and ports for repair and maintenance
of equipment, warships and planes, besides seek refuelling and logistics from
each other.

This will expand
military cooperation between India and Russia. This comes three years after
India and the United States signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of
Agreement (LEMOA). The RLSA will mirror the mandate of the LEMOA.

The ministers reviewed
the progress of the two working groups on Military and Military Technical
Cooperation. It was agreed that the forthcoming Tri-Service Indra Exercises
will be a major milestone in military cooperation between the two countries.
The Russian Defence Minister requested Rajnath for participation of an lndian
contingent in Army parade to mark 75th anniversary of the World War-II victory.

IDD
View:
Indian Industry will gain tremendously as it would
get to make Russian parts, assemblies and spares. Besides the use of these parts
in India, these can be exported to countries that use Russian equipment.  Several of IAF
planes like the Sukhoi 30 MKI, MiG 29, MiG 29K, AN 32, IL 76, among others are
of Russian origin. Besides this, Mi 17 copters, tanks, air defence guns and
warships are of Russian origin.

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