Top guns from the Russian armament industry are visiting India on September 8 for high-powered presentation to the Indian Navy and the ministry of defence.
This is the first time in the history of Indo-Russian defence cooperation that such a high-level delegation led by major-general Viacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy director FS MTS, is coming here. The visit coincides with news that Russia is making efforts for a Russian-Chinese-Indian military cooperation initiative.
According to reports in the Russian media, Russian defence minister Sergei Ivanov has made a proposal to India to hold major Russian-Chinese-Indian military exercises similar to the recent manoeuvers it had held with China last month.
The 20-member Russian team shall present to the defence ministry and the Indian Navy on Friday, the framework under which the new joint venture, Rosoboronservice India Ltd, has been put together to resolve India’s long standing problems with regard to after sales service and maintenance of Soviet and Russian supplied naval assets.
On the proposed trilateral military exercises, experts have pointed out that this is an indication that Russia has serious plans for its policy in the east.
According to Alexei Bogaturov, deputy director of the International Security Institute, Moscow, “There are no reasons to believe that Moscow, Beijing and New Delhi want to join forces against Washington. They simply want to be respected. These joint exercises are, above all, a kind of political statement,” the expert said.
Rosoboronservice India Ltd has been created as a JV between eight Russian defence firms and one Indian firm to act as a one-stop shop for all after-sales service, repair, maintenance, upgradation, and training needs of all Indian Navy assets of Soviet and Russian origin, thereby overcoming the severe constraints that India had faced in this regard after the collapse of the Soviet Union.