India-Russia sign 7 MoUs under ‘Make in India’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Apr 2018 08:48:05


By Kaushik Bhattacharya,



TOTAL seven Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) have been signed between Indian companies and Russian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) during the third India-Russia Military Industrial Conference which was held on the side-lines of DefExpo 2018 at Thiruvidanthai, near Chennai on Friday.

Keeping ‘Make in India’ programme in mind, defence manufacturers and Russian companies joined hands for manufacturing, development of spears, sub-assemblies, assemblies of identified Russian origin platforms in use by the Indian Armed Forces in collaboration with the Russian OEMs.

Deliberations during the conference were aimed to focus on needs for improvement of after-sales support of Russian origin defence platforms being exploited by Indian defence forces and also to facilitate domestic manufacturing of some of the identified spare parts through collaborations between Indian vendors and Russian OEMs.

The first MoU was signed by Larsen & Toubro Limited and Rosoboronexport Joint Stock Company for Project 75(I), Special Operation Vessels (SOV), Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) for underwater platforms, Heavy Weight Torpedo (HWT) programme, Anti Torpedo Defence System (ATDS) programme for Indian Navy, Future Ready Combat Vehicles (FRCV) etc.

Second one is between Ananth Technology and JSC Concern Radio Electronic Technologies (KRET) for product support for defence systems designed, produced and supplied by KRET and its enterprises to the India Defence Services by way of manufacturing spare parts and providing service and maintenance of such items and upgrade of Opto-Electric Sighting and Navigation Complex for Su 30 MKI aircraft.
Similarly, Space Era and JSC KRET, OSKROSOMARINE and JSC AGAT, Krasney Defence Technologies and JSC AGAT, Ananth Technologies and JSC Research and Production Corporation, Aviatech Enterprise and JSC AGAT also signed contract to work together for defence production under Make in India initiative.

In the conference, the Indian delegation was led by Secretary (Defence Production) Dr Ajay Kumar while Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russian Federation Oleg Ryazantcev led the Russian side. The Russian delegation comprised senior representatives of the Government and representatives of the leading Defence Industries. Around 75 Indian defence sector manufacturing companies and 28 OEMs from Russian industry participated in the conference.