The United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) plans to open new service centers for aviation communication systems and other technical equipment in 2016-2017, announced the company’s general director Alexander Yakunin at an interview with RIA Novosti.
"In 2016-2017, in connection with planned deliveries of aviation and technical equipment, we intend to open new technical service centers in several Indian cities", he said.
Yakunin observed that the first service centers were opened in India back in the 2000s: "The task they fulfil is to guarantee servicing of technical communications, aviation systems for long range A-50 radar, which are supplied by our manufacturers".
Russia and India are close partners in the sphere of military and technical cooperation: more than 70% of weapons and military equipment in the Indian army, air force and navy are Russian or Soviet made.
According to estimates of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, in 2014 Russia supplied India with $4.7 billion of weaponry and military equipment, and in 2013 supplied $4.78 billion of equipment.
Besides exports of military equipment, Russia is working with India to develop new weapons: the joint Russian-Indian company, BrahMos Aerospace, has developed the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile, which was adopted into service by the Indian military in 2005.
First published in Russian by RIA Novosti.
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