Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee considers military-technical cooperation with Russia as a model of partner relations in the field of defence technology, ARM-TASS said.
Mekherjee said at an international seminar on Aerospace Technology: Development and Strategy, which is being held on the sidelines of an air show in Bangalore, that one of the most significant Russian-Indian projects, Bramos, could be taken as an example of setting up joint ventures and a project of building Su-30 MKI fighter jets as an excellent model of licensed production.
India highly values close cooperation between specialists of te two countries who share the experience and technical achievements for getting effective solutions, Mukherjee said about Bramos project.
As for the Su-30 MKI licensed production project, he called it a “brilliant example” of how the Indian industry can improve warplanes using its own know-how.
The deputy director-general of Russia’s arms-exporting company Viktor Komardin said “organisers of Aero India-2005 are demonstrating at the air show an especially respectful attitude toward Russia”.
“In particular, the most conveniently placed pavilion has been given for the Russian exposition. Besides, the Indian defence minister has visited the Russian exposition first of all, giving it significant attention and time”.
Mukherjee was shown the expositions of the Sukhoi company producing Su-30 MKI jets and of Irkut, Saturn and some other companies.
“Russia is traditionally broadly represented at air shows in Bangalore and helps growth of their prestige,” Komardin said.
He said Aero India-2005 was increasingly popular, attracting more visitors and participants every year, primarily from South and Southeast Asia.
“Forming the Russian exposition, Rosoboroneksport takes into account this factor and orients it not only toward India but also other potential customers in this region,” Komardin said.