Russia calls Defexpo-2020 a landmark event
Russia has called recently concluded Defexpo-2020 in Lucknow, a landmark event in the advanced military and technical cooperation between both India and Russia. The press statement issued by the Russian embassy in New Delhi says that Defexpo-2020 helped to continue bilateral mutually beneficial partnership successfully mainstreamed into joint development and production, including in the framework of Make in India programme and the Indian localization requirements.
Russia was the largest foreign exhibitor at the event presenting around 1,000 pieces of military hardware and models, including AU-220M automatic lightweight 57 mm weapon station, Club-T mobile missile system, 300-mm 9K515 multiple rocket launcher, Kalashnikov AK-200 series assault rifles, T-90MSMBT main battle tank, Alexandrit-E mine countermeasures ship, upgraded Mi-28NE and Mi-171SH helicopters, Amur-1650 diesel-electric submarine, Pantsir-S1 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun/missile (SPAAGM) system, counter-drone systems, MKTG-500 mobile maintenance support system, Typhoon-K family vehicle, Ka-226T light utility helicopter, MiG-35 multi-functional front-line fighter.
According to the statement, in Defexpo-2020, 14 MoUs were signed covering development and production of land, air and naval systems as well as innovative high-tech civilian products. Among them are agreements between Rosoboronexport and DRDO (for development of advanced pyrotechnic ignition systems), Rosoboronexport and HAL (for export of spares and services to friendly countries), Rosoboronexport and BHEL (for land systems), Russian Helicopters and Indo-Russian Helicopters Ltd. (for localization of Ka-226 helicopters in India).
The statement further says that both countries are about to cross USD 16 bn amount of deals and both sides are committed to their timely and successful implementation, including supply of the S-400 best in the world air defence systems by 2025, an early production of Kalashnikov AK-203 machine guns and Ka-226T multi-purpose helicopters under relevant joint ventures with maximum possible level of localization.
“The Russian-Indian JV Brahmos time and again proves the ultimate success of our high-tech and sophisticated joint research and production. Scientific works are going on to further upgrade missiles precision, range and speed. It is a unique weapon; many even developed countries don’t possess it. Demand is huge in third countries, all options are on the table – in order to proceed we have to make sure that international law is respected and approval from both Russia and India is granted,” it has added.
Russia has emphasised that it looks forward to further elevate the level of defence interaction based on deep mutual trust and understanding, which will remain one of the pillars of the Russian-Indian time-tested special and privileged strategic partnership.
By Ravi Mishra