Rosoboronexport, the sole Russian state intermediary agency responsible for import/export of the full range of defense and dual-use end products, technologies and services, is to take part in NAMEXPO-2013. Source: Itar-Tass
A large Russian led by Alexander Titov, Representative of the Federal Service for Technical Military Cooperation to India will take part in NAMEXPO-2013, India’s first naval and shipbuilding exhibition, which opens today in Kochi. The expo is being held in partnership with government of Kerala with support from the Indian Navy, Coast Guard as well as the Indian ministries of medium and small enterprises, earth sciences and shipping.
The Russian delegation includes more than 50 specialists from Rosoboroexport, the United Shipbuilding Corporation, the research and production association MARS, the central marine technology design bureau Rubin, and Sudoexport foreign-trade organisation.
A Russian delegation source told Itar-Tass: “Considering that Russia can render assistance to India in strengthening its Navy, a decision was taken to take part in the exhibition and send not only a delegation but also an exhibition (to Kerala). We bring advertising folders and technical documentation. Individual companies may bring technology replicas.”
Organizers specified that exhibitors from Russia have been provided with a separate pavilion. The Indo-Russian joint-venture BrahMos Aerospace, which engages in developing supersonic cruise missiles, is the exhibition's partner. Shivthanu Pillai, the chief managing director of BrahMos will address the gathering along with Kerala chief minister Oomen Chandy, Kris Gopalakrishan, president of CII and Vice Admiral Satish Soni, flag officer commanding-in-chief of the Indian Navy’s Southern Naval Command.
Defence exhibitions have become important occasions for Indian and foreign companies to display their latest products and technology. Russian firms actively participate in DEFEXPO, an exhibition of military products held in New Delhi, and Aero India, an air show and exhibition of equipment for the Air Force in Bangalore, both of which are held once in two years. NAMEXPO organizers from among the Confederation of Indian Industry have also expressed confidence that the exhibition will be held on a regular basis in the future.
Russian delegation analysts believe that participation in NAMEXPO-2013 will help improve the country reach out further to public and private players. “We think that this exhibition will undergo further development,” the source pointed out. The source said that in Kochi, Russia is ready to hold negotiations with various countries but no documents would be signed.
First published by Itar-Tass.
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