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India Invites Russian Defence Industry To Jointly Manufacture In India

Rajnath Singh was speaking at the inauguration of the ‘India-Russia Defence Industry Cooperation Conference’.

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MOSCOW (Russia): Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh today called upon the Russian Defence Industry to jointly manufacture defence platforms and equipment with India that will give a massive boost to the nations’ exports to third countries.

Raksha Mantri was addressing CEOs of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) from Russian Defence Industry after jointly inaugurating ‘India-Russia Defence Industry Cooperation Conference’ with Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Mr Denis Manturov in Moscow, Russia.

Raksha Mantri said that the Government of India is encouraging OEMs to partner with Indian entities making use of the ‘Make in India’ initiative.


He urged the Industry leaders to make use of the significant economic reforms undertaken by the Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to improve ease of doing business and opening up the defence manufacturing sector for foreign participation.

We have set up defence corridors in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and offer attractive terms for investment. India is ready to explore opportunities and co-production of high-end defence equipment with Russia. We want collaboration with you to modernise our defence platforms by advanced and emerging technology. Indian MSMEs seek footholds in the global supply chains with support from Russian and other foreign companies,” said Rajnath Singh.

He added that such industrial partnership can also address ‘After-Sales Support of Equipment of Soviet or Russian origin’ already in Service with Indian Defence Forces.



Raksha Mantri highlighted the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) on Mutual Cooperation in Joint Manufacturing of Spares, Components, Aggregates and other material related to Russian or Soviet Origin Arms and Defence Equipment that was signed between India and Russia on September 4, 2019 during the 20th India-Russia Annual Summit at Vladivostok.

He said that the IGA defines a broad framework of cooperation for the manufacturing of spares in India by way of collaboration between Indian Industry and Russian OEMs.

Rajnath Singh assured that India will provide orders for procurement of agreed quantities at a mutually decided price for a period not less than five years. He expressed hope that the manufacturing under the agreement in India will lead to a reduction in cost, reduction in timelines of the supplies and progressive indigenisation of spares.

We will soon share with the Russian side the list of spares and items, proposed to be manufactured in India. I hope that Russia will identify the OEMs in the next few months who can partner in the production of these spares. We are eager to see several joint industrial activities in India on the basis of the agreement in near future,” added Raksha Mantri.

Rajnath Singh looked forward to his meeting with the Defence Minister of Russia General Sergei Shoigu on November 6, 2019, saying that he hopes to discuss mutual steps to facilitate Russian OEMs to take necessary actions for collaboration with Indian Industry.


He also invited the Russian manufacturers to participate in the forthcoming DefExpo 2020, to be held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh from February 5-8, 2020.

Raksha Mantri is accompanied by a high-level delegation, comprising senior officials of Ministry of Defence and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).

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India Successfully Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable K-4 Ballistic Missile

K-4 is one of the two underwater missiles that are being developed by India for its submarine force.

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VISHAKHAPATNAM (Andhra Pradesh): India has successfully test-fired a 3,500-kilometre range nuclear-capable missile that can be launched from a submarine. The test of the K-4 ballistic missile was conducted off the Vizag coast in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.

With this test, India has moved one more step towards the induction of this ballistic missile on the INS Arihant class of nuclear submarines. The missile was developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Only the US, Russia and China have submarine-launched ballistic missiles of 3,500-kilometre range.


The three-metre-tall missile carries a nuclear warhead of over one tonne with a circular error probability far lower than that of Chinese ballistic missiles.

The K-4’s circular error of probability (the radius of the missile’s point of impact which is also a measure of the efficacy of its guidance systems) was 40 meters or less. This makes it ideal to strike targets from stand-off ranges.

The submarine-launched ballistic missile is the most important part of the air, land and sea nuclear triad and is at the front of India’s second-strike capability.



In November 2018, India had announced that its first nuclear-armed submarine Arihant had successfully completed its first deterrence patrol, heralding India’s entry into an exclusive club of powers with land, air and sea-based nuclear weapons delivery platforms.

Though dubbed the technology demonstrator, analysts had been of the view that the 6,000-tonne Arihant with a range of about 750km nevertheless sent a powerful signal to Pakistan and China that New Delhi’s underwater nuclear deterrence was “credible”, potent and functional.

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Russia To Deliver S-400 Air Defence Systems To India By 2025

The S-400, an upgraded version of the S-300, had previously only been available to the Russian defence forces.

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NEW DELHI: Russia said it has started production of S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems for India, and all five units will be delivered by 2025.

Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin also said that a contract will be finalised shortly for joint production of Kamov lightweight multi-role military helicopters for India. He was addressing a joint press conference with Russian Ambassador Nikolai Kudashev in New Delhi yesterday.

Babushkin said that the Indian Armed forces will receive the first batch of 5,000 Kalashnikov rifles this year as well. These will be produced in India under a joint venture.


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will visit Russia on March 22 and March 23 to attend a meeting of the Russia-Indian-China trilateral, Kudashev said.

“Those having doubts over India’s approach on Kashmir can go there, we don’t have any doubt,” he said on not being invited to visit Jammu and Kashmir.

Asserting that the S-400 air defence missile systems are among best in the world, the diplomat said they will significantly bolster India’s air defence mechanism.



The S-400, an upgraded version of the S-300, had previously only been available to the Russian defence forces.

It is manufactured by Almaz-Antey and has been in service in Russia since 2007.

In October 2018, India signed a USD 5 billion deal to buy the air defence missile systems.

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Rajnath Singh Dedicates 51st K9 Vajra-T Guns To Nation

The L&T officials showed the minister the different manoeuvres of the K-9 Vajra-T, a tracked self-propelled howitzer.

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HAZIRA (Gujarat): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today dedicated to the nation the 51st K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer gun made by L&T at Hazira in Gujarat.

Also Read: MUSCLE RELOADED: Indian Army Inducts K9 Vajra (Thunder), M777 Howitzer

Rajnath Singh put ‘tilak’ and drew the auspicious ‘Swastik’ symbol with kumkum on the new artillery. During the puja, he also offered flowers to the gun and broke a coconut.


L&T had in 2017 won the Rs 4,500-crore contract from the Ministry of Defence to supply 100 units of K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 calibre tracked self-propelled gun systems to the Indian Army under the Centre’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

The K9 Vajra contract involves the delivery of 100 such systems in 42 months, which is the largest contract awarded to a private company by the Ministry of Defence.

The gun weighs 50 tonnes and can fire 47-kilogram bombs at targets up to a distance of 43 kilometres. It can also turn around at zero radius.

Speaking on this occasion at Hazira in Surat, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that K9 Vajra-T guns dedicated to the nation today are indeed future-ready combat vehicles.



Singh said in his speech that he salutes the commitment and hard work of employees of L&T as the company’s Hazira complex is a sign of “new thinking of new India”.

“I see this complex has a new and astonishing achievement…There were many sectors in India where the private sector’s participation was almost nil.

Defence sector was one such example,” he said.

He said that L&T’s Armoured Systems Complex (ASC) has a state of art complex to manufacture and integrate advanced armoured platforms.

He said, these future-ready combat vehicles meet the requirement of 21st-century warfare including deep fire support to the longer firing range.


He said that under the Make in India programme, India will be not only a manufacturing hub, but also a net defence exporter.

J D Patil, senior executive vice-president for the company’s defence segment, as well as A M Naik, chairman of the company, were present at the event.

“L&T has always been at the forefront for all the national causes…We collaborate with the DRDO and the armed forces to understand their requirement,” Naik said in his speech.

K9 Vajra-T gun dedicated today has been delivered ahead of the schedule. L&T’s Armoured System Complex at Hazira in Surat had been dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January Last year.

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a brief video of himself standing in a tank on his Twitter handle. “Checking out the tanks at L&T’s Armoured Systems Complex in Hazira,” Modi said in the tweet.

I congratulate the entire team of Larsen & Toubro for building the state-of-the-art K-9 Vajra Self Propelled Howitzer. This is a significant contribution towards India’s defence sector and protecting the country… Boosting ‘Make in India’ in the defence sector is our endeavour. I am glad that the private sector too is supporting this pursuit and making a valuable contribution,” the Prime Minister tweeted after the inauguration. He, however, did not address people at the inauguration.

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