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India, Russia to speed up military hardware upkeep

India, Russia to speed up military hardware upkeep


Welcome to WARN, Today’s News is. India, Russia to speed up military hardware
upkeep In a first-of-its-kind meeting, Russian military
spares manufacturers are set to meet Indian industry for partnerships to produce equipment
in India. The Ministry of Defence wants to improve the
maintenance issues on fighter jets Sukhoi-30MKI, Mi-17 helicopters, T-90 tanks and the MiG
29K naval fighters. About 70 per cent of military equipment with
the Indian armed forces � the Army, Indian Air Force (IAF) and Navy � is of Russian
origin. With Moscow continuing to be the largest supplier
of military hardware, this scenario will not change for the next three decades. Repairs and servicing of key equipment are
hampered by lack of ready availability of spares. A rather circuitous route through a single
agency in Moscow makes it lengthier. The Russian Ministry of Defence had given
permission and communicated to India in January about the companies or original equipment
manufacturers that have been allowed to sell spares to India directly without seeking permission
for each tranche. Russia�s Minister for Industry and Trade
DV Manturov will lead the delegation for a two-day meeting in New Delhi (March 17 and
18) wherein they will meet with Indian MoD official and trade captains. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will address
the meeting. The matter has been discussed during the summit
meeting between PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin at Goa in October. Russian manufacturers of military equipment
source key parts such as engines, avionics and weaponry from producers within Russia
and sometimes even Ukraine to integrate them on planes or warships or tanks. All military equipment by the very nature
of it needs consumable parts which have �run-life� and need to be changed or overhauled after
its specified life. For example, the Sukhoi-30 engine needs to
be overhauled after a fixed number of hours � about 800-900 hours of flying. The Sukhoi is serviced and maintained by public
sector undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). There are four key suppliers. The Sukhoi has an availability rate of 65
per cent because of delay in spares. The IAF�s operated base repair depots maintain
the fleet of Mi-17s. Sources here say once this is done, the HAL,
IAF, Navy and the Army can source spares from Russia, have long-term supply contracts and
even maintain a small stock on items which have a fixed �run-life�.


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