Russia offers submarines during Modi-Putin summit

Russia offers submarines during Modi-Putin summit

“Russian traditional submarines will be offered through the government-to-government route to India at the summit. This will save a lot of time in the procurement process, ”said an official.

“The possibility of offering Su-57, Russian fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) to India is also being explored, but it has not yet been decided,” he said.

The Navy is looking to purchase six upgraded conventional diesel-electric submarines under Project 75I, which, after several delays, have progressed over the past several months.

The contenders for Project-75I are the Naval Group of France, the Rosoboronexport Rubin Design Bureau of Russia, Thiesen Krupp Marine Systems of Germany and the Saab Group of Sweden.

In June, the Navy released Expressions of Interest (EoI) for short-listing potential Indian strategic partners for the project costing Rs 458 crore.  Indian partners will be short-listed based on technical and financial capacity to execute the project and absorb technologies. The foreign manufacturer will be chosen separately. However, strategic partnership is a long drawn process with many uncertainties, as this model is being tried for the first time.

Russia offers submarines during Modi-Putin summit

Su-57 ready for export:

The Russian FGFA has completed its development cycle, and the first batch is being prepared for delivery to the Russian Air Force.

India was to develop jointly. This is an FGFA based on Russian jets. But after lengthy negotiations, India decided not to go ahead with the project last year. Victor N., director of international cooperation and regional policy at Rostec. Kallov while speaking to reporters said that Russia had never rescinded an agreement with the Indian government. “The FGFA project has been delayed by the Indian side and not by the Russian side.”

Source: The Hindu

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