India intends to launch production of Russian BMP-3 IFVs under license

BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV).

BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV).

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Russia and India have signed the agreement on the developing and manufacturing of military hardware intended for the Indian Armed Forces

Russia’s JSC Rosoboronexport (a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation) and an Indian producer of railroad hardware, Texmaco Rail and Engineering (TRI) have signed the agreement on the developing and manufacturing of military hardware intended for the Indian Armed Forces, according to the press department of TRI.

"The parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) related to the transfer of Russian technologies to India, joint developing, and licensed local production of military hardware for the India’s Land Forces," the official spokesperson from the TRI company said. He added that the enterprise is planning to establish the local production of Russian BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) developed by the Tractor Plants concern. "The MoU also covers other types of armoured vehicles and the manufacturing of spare parts for military hardware," he added, not specifying the vehicles to be developed and produced under the MoU.

According to the TRI’s CEO, Sandeep Fuller, the aforementioned agreement will increase the share of defense production in the company`s portfolio. "The MoU signed with Rosoboronexport may lead to the increase of the TRI`s turnover coming from the defense sector," he said.

Russia’s sole defense export agency, Rosoboronexport is pursuing the policy of establishing of joint ventures (JV) with the Indian private-sector enterprises. Since 2000, Rosoboronexport has entered the relevant agreements with several local companies, including Reliance Defense and Engineering (RDE), Axis Aerospace and Technologies (AAT), and Economic Explosives Limited (EEL).

Source: Tass.com

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