India Looking for Substantial Make in India Content in T-90 Tanks
MOSCOW. India and Russia are working to finalise the Make in India content in the next lots of T-90 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs). Discussions have been held for some time in both the countries, the last round on March 18-19 in New Delhi. India is looking at 464 MBTs in addition to some 850 the Indian Army already operates. The deal is reportedly around $2 billion, and will involve upgrades of the existing tanks at the Heavy Vehicles Factory of the Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) at Avadi in Tamil Nadu.
But this time, Transfer of Technology (ToT) will be a key component of the agreement as per the Indian Government’s new Make in India policy to derive some offset gains for big purchases. The state-run Sputnik news agency has given some indications of the ongoing talks but officially, representatives of Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), which makes the tank, and Rosoboronexport (ROE),