MoD delegation visits Russian defence production facilities
Apurva Chandra, Director General Acquisition, MoD has recently visited facilities of Russia’s Ulyanovsk-based AviastarSP, constituting a part of the United Aircraft Corporation’s Transport Aviation Division. He was given detailed presentations on the Ilyushin-Il76MD-90A and Il-78MK-90A aircraft. “The Indian Air Force and Navy have between them considerable numbers of Il76s, Il-78s, and Il-38s… Russia is ready to upgrade both the aircraft already in service and supply new equipment meeting long-term requirements of Indian partners,” noted UAC’s Vice President for Transport Aviation and CEO of Ilyushin Aleksey Rogozin.
The Indian delegation also visited the National Centre of Helicopter Building in Moscow witnessing flight demonstration of the Ka-226T helicopter, and thereafter were at Baltic Shipbuilding Plant ‘Yantar’ in the city of Kaliningrad. As Rosoboronexport’s Director General Alexander Mikheev stated, “We are happy to receive such a representative delegation of the Indian Ministry of Defence and to demonstrate to our partners unique capabilities of the Russian shipbuilding enterprises and promising Russian-Indian projects in the military and technical area in general.”