Russian Sputnik News Agency reported on February 2 that Rostec released a message on its official website that Victor Kradov, the group’s director of international cooperation and regional policy, said on the eve of the “Air India-2021” international air show that India three More than 70% of the army’s weapons are Soviet-Russian products.
Kradov said that the Russian Technology Group will display many new products in Bangalore this year, including aviation equipment, air defense systems, armored weapons, ammunition, etc., as well as promising civilian projects in the field of electronic products, engines and aircraft manufacturing.
He said: “[Russia Technology Group] plans to display more than 200 types of military products, including Su-57E, Su-35 and MiG-35D fighters, Il-76MD-90A(E) military transport aircraft, Il-78MK-90A tankers and a variety of helicopter gunships.”
He also said that Indian combat aircraft accounted for 80% of Chinese and Russian equipment, including Su-30MKI, MiG-29 multi-function fighters, Mi-17 military transport helicopters, etc.
India is one of the main partners of Russian military technology cooperation. T-90 tanks, Su-30MKI fighters, Ka-226 helicopters and Kalashnikov automatic rifles have been localized.
In 2019, it was reported that Russia intends to localize the production of MiG-35 fighters in India. In addition, India has the ability to upgrade the Russian T-72M1 tank and BMP-1 and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles.
Important contracts signed between Russia and India include the procurement of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems and 11356 frigates. At present, negotiations on the procurement of Russian K-226T helicopters and local assembly in India are also nearing completion.
India intends to purchase 200 helicopters from Russia, 40 of which will be imported directly and the remaining 160 will be assembled in India. Russia won the bid in 2018 and will export “super needle” anti-aircraft missile systems to India.