Rus­sia Takes Steps for Full Life-Cy­cle Prod­uct Sup­port of De­liv­ered Arms

India Strategic - - MAKS 2017 - By Vi­nay Shukla

ZHUKOVSKY, MOSCOW. Rus­sia has taken a num­ber of cru­cial steps to en­sure full life­cy­cle prod­uct sup­port of de­fence hard­ware sup­plied to In­dia amid fre­quent com­plaints of lack of spares for the smooth op­er­a­tion of the armed forces. “We have taken some steps and de­cided that the pro­gramme of af­ter-sales ser­vices will in­volve Rus­sian ded­i­cated hold­ing com­pa­nies in or­der to en­sure the op­er­a­tion of pre­vi­ously sup­plied equip­ment through­out its life-cy­cle which may be 20, 30, 40 years - be it a sub­ma­rine, a he­li­copter, a tank, etc.,” Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of ‘Rosoboronex­port’ (ROE) Alexan­der Mikheev said in­ter­act­ing with a group of se­lect In­dian jour­nal­ists on the side­lines of MAKS2017 air show here. ROE - a unit of Rostec State Cor­po­ra­tion is the state mo­nop­oly arms ex­porter of Rus­sia and all for­eign spares sup­plies were routed through a time con­sum­ing lengthy bu­reau­cratic process. Mr Mikheev dis­closed that the In­dian side had raised this is­sue at the first In­dia- Rus­sia Mil­i­tary-In­dus­trial Con­fer­ence in March, co-chaired by De­fence Min­is­ter Arun Jaitley and Rus­sian In­dus­try and Trade Min­is­ter De­nis Man­turov in New Delhi.

“We have spec­i­fied six com­pa­nies that will carry out di­rect co-op­er­a­tion with both - op­er­a­tors of Rus­sian equip­ment and In­dian com­pa­nies that will be charged with op­er­at­ing this equip­ment and man­u­fac­tur­ing its spare parts in In­dia,” Mr Mikheev said. He iden­ti­fied the United Ship­build­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, the United Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion, Rus­sian He­li­copters, the United En­gine Cor­po­ra­tion, Al­maz- Antey (S-400 and other air de­fence hard­ware) and Tac­ti­cal Mis­sile Cor­po­ra­tion as the en­ti­ties which will di­rectly deal with their clients and coun­ter­parts with In­dia in MRO and pro­duc­tion of spares.

HE­LI­COPTERS

Mr Mikheev said Rus­sia was al­ready con­sid­er­ing the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the In­dian in­dus­try within the frame­work of the Make in In­dia pro­gramme and the joint ven­ture for Kamov Ka-226T he­li­copters is the first. Rus­sian He­li­copters and Rosoboronex­port have 49.5 per cent shares in the In­dia-based JV In­dia-Rus­sia He­li­copters Lim­ited in­cor­po­rated in May with HAL (50.5 per cent) for the pro­duc­tion Kamov Ka-226T he­li­copters for the In­dian armed forces to phase out age­ing Chetak and Chee­tah chop­pers.

Mr Mikheev did not rule out that af­ter com­plet­ing In­dian MoD’s or­der for 200 Ka-226T the JV could be­come the global hub for the pro­duc­tion of this chop­per, which has a huge po­ten­tial mar­ket in South East Asia and Latin Amer­ica.

In­dia al­ready has more than 300 Mi-8 and Mi-17 fam­ily he­li­copters in­volved in mil­i­tary trans­port, search and res­cue mis­sions, cur­rently the ne­go­ti­a­tions are on for the sale of another 48 Mi-17V5 he­li­copters.

“We hope that we will reach an agree­ment be­fore the end of this year,” he told.

Last year, Rus­sia had de­liv­ered the fi­nal batch of three Mi-17V-5 mil­i­tary trans­port he­li­copters un­der a pre­vi­ously signed con­tract for a to­tal of 151 units of the Mi-17V-5 he­li­copter, pro­duced by the Kazan He­li­copter Plant. De­signed to trans­port cargo in­side the cabin and on an ex­ter­nal sling, the Mi-17V5 is con­sid­ered to be one of the world’s most ad­vanced mil­i­tary trans­port he­li­copters. In 2008, a con­tract was signed for the de­liv­ery of 80 Mi-17V-5 to In­dia, which was com­pleted in 2011 -2013. In 2012-2013, three ad­di­tional con­tracts were signed to sup­ply a to­tal of 71 Mi-17V-5 he­li­copters to meet the needs of the In­dian Air Force (IAF).

Mr Mikheev also men­tioned about on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions for the mod­erni­sa­tion of Su-30 MKI un­der Su­per Sukhoi project. “Dur­ing a pe­riod of 15 years, we have ful­filled all our obli­ga­tions to the In­dian party, the HAL Cor­po­ra­tion sup­plied over 200 (Su-30MKI), un­der the li­cense agree­ment -- and now we are of­fer­ing new de­vel­op­ments of our de­sign bu­reaus. The IAF has some re­quire­ments for im­prove­ment of per­for­mance and op­er­a­tional char­ac­ter­is­tics, mainly with re­gard to avion­ics, elec­tronic war­fare sys­tems, as well as up­grades of weapon sys­tems by both In­dian and Rus­sian com­pa­nies. Ear­lier, on the side­lines of MAKS-2017 a se­nior of­fi­cial of the Rosoboronex­port’s par­ent com­pany, Rostec, told re­porters Su­per Sukhoi was dis­cussed at Modi-Putin sum­mit in St. Pe­ters­burg on June 1, and Prime Min­is­ter Modi had asked for more time for fi­nal­is­ing the con­fig­u­ra­tion of Su­per Sukhoi by IAF.

An IAF Su-30 MKI

(Top) Mi-17 V5, 151 units have been pro­cured; MoD has an or­der for 200 Kamovs Ka-226T he­li­copter

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