Russian, Indian firms sign support agreements for Indian Air Force’s Su-30MKI combat aircraft

MAMOSA Report — India and Russia signed two long-term support agreements on Friday for the Sukhoi Su-30MKI combat aircraft flown by India.

The Hindu Business Line reported the accords are between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., United Aircraft Corporation and United Engine Corporation. They were signed in the presence of Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley and Russian Trade Minister Denis Manturov, UPI reported.

Included under the agreements were an upgraded schedule for delivery of spares from Russia for the jets, local manufacturing of parts and a proposed logistics hub for the fighter in Bengaluru, India, by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

Another agreement was also signed to provide lifecycle support and maintenance of major Russian equipment and platforms for Mi-17 helicopters, MiG-29K aircraft, INS Vikramaditya and T-90 tanks.

The Sukhoi Su-30MKI was designed and developed for India by Russia’s Irkut Corporation. It is manufactured under license by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

According to The Hindu, the objective of having long-term supply agreements between the Russian OEMs and Indian Armed Forces or platform manufacturers is to ensure licensed production and to firm up modalities for Indian companies to manufacture some of the spare parts and components under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

This will be done through technology transfer or joint ventures between India and Russian companies, the paper said.

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