India is the largest importer of Russian weapons.Flickr/cell105
Russia is looking at expanding the licensed production of Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets and T-90S tanks in India, Anatoly Punchuk, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told Interfax-AVN on March 29.
“Both projects have been successful. If our Indian partners are interested, Russia will definitely be ready to enlarge licensed production of Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets and T-90S tanks in India,” Punchuk said.
The Indian Air Force operates more than 200 Su-30MKI jets that were made in India under licensed production with the assistance of Irkut Corporation (a unit of United Aircraft Corporation). The total orders stand at 272 planes, and an additional delivery of 40 Su-30MKI knockdown kits is being considered.
The Indian army operates more than 500 T-90 tanks designed by Russia's Uralvagonzavod. India wants to enlarge their number to more than 1,300 by 2020 by means of licensed production at local plants.
India accounts for over 30 percent of Russia's overall arms exports. Each year, Moscow supplies New Delhi with various types of armaments worth about $4 billion. Approximately $20 billion worth of contracts have been signed and are being implemented.
Since 1960, India has procured about $40 billion worth of Russian armaments and military hardware, according to Rosoboronexport.
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