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Intrigue aerospace exhibition "Aero India-2015": will replace the Russian Su-30MKI French "Rafali"

Aerospace exhibition "Aero India-2015" has opened in Bangalore in the south of India today. Over 600 companies take part in it, 35 Russian ones.

The Russian delegation is headed by Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), Anatoly Punchuk.

According to Sergey Goreslavsky, Deputy General Director of Rosoboronexport, the main topic of negotiations with Indian partners will be the organization with Indian partners of joint production of light helicopters based on the Ka-226T. That is why the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi visited the stands of the Russian United Aircraft Corporation within an hour after the start of the exhibition. If the contract is signed, this versatile machine will be produced in India. According to Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the competition is tough, but the chances of our helicopter are assessed as very good. If successful, 50-70% of technology will be transferred to India.

At the same time, by the end of 2015, Rosoboronexport will fulfill the contract for the supply of 71 military transport helicopters Mi-17V-5 to India and is discussing the purchase of another batch, Sergei Goreslavsky said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Of interest is the engine of the new generation PD-14, created for the passenger aircraft MC-21-300. As well as the RD-33MK, which provides the incredible flight qualities of the deck MiG-29K and the latest multipurpose MiG-35.

The main intrigue of the exhibition is the situation with the French fighter "Rafale".

As previously reported in EastRussia, in January 2012, the MMRCA tender was held in India for the supply of weapons in order to modernize the Indian Air Force. The winner was the fourth-generation French multirole fighter "Rafale". The contract for the purchase of 126 such fighters for the Indian Air Force is estimated at more than $ 10 billion. The partners only had to agree on the terms of the order, remembering that New Daily wanted 108 fighters to be assembled in India with a turnkey technology transfer.

However, negotiations with the French side dragged on for more than 3 year. According to the French edition of the Military Zone (Zone militaire), this is due to the lengthy time-consuming Indian procedures (after all, “we are not talking about selling silk”), as well as the fact that “some are doing everything to negotiate failed, as Germany and the UK, who could not digest their defeat, as well as Russia, which does not miss the opportunity to criticize the tender MMRCA, to better place their checkers in the game (SU-30 and fifth-generation T 50).

However, despite all this, the Zone militaire writes that the French-Indian talks have reached the finish line today. French supplier Dassault Aviation is optimistic: the contract may be signed in March of next year, which means before the end of the tax year in India. India’s Air Marshal Arup Raha announced in September 2014 his desire to see this issue closed as soon as possible.

According to the French edition, the negotiations dragged on at the final stage. And it is connected “Apparently due to the fact that the French manufacturer does not want to take responsibility (terms, losses) for Rafali, collected by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), an aircraft manufacturer in India”.

In December, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, during a visit to New Delhi, expressed confidence: "Both governments share the desire to end the negotiations - adding - The sooner the contract is finalized and signed, the faster the planes can enter the industrial production line in India ".

It is in this vein that Zone militaire proposes to consider the latest statements by Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, presented in the Indian and Russian press. So, according to the Indian Business Standard, the Minister of Defense of India spoke about the "bottlenecks" of the negotiations (without specifying details), after which he confirmed that "India could order additional multi-role fighters SU-30 MKI (collected under the HAL license) in case it is decided not to buy Rafali.

Mr. Manohara Parrikara also added that "SU-30 MKI meets all requirements to meet the needs of the Indian Air Force. Currently, the Indian Air Force is planning to allocate for 272 aircraft of this type ".

Recall that in the same year 2012 a contract was concluded for the 42 of the Su-30 of the MKI, and already by February of the year 2014 Russia delivered 28 from 42 fighters to India. As the head of the Russian delegation at the air show, Anatoly Punchuk, said, Russia is ready to increase the production program of the Su-30MKI. These fighters will be manufactured in India.

At the same time, Irkut Corporation (part of the UAC) is discussing with its Indian partners the course and prospects for the development of the Su-30MKI program. “It is envisaged that scientific institutions and industrial enterprises of India will take part in the Su-30MKI modernization program, which will significantly increase the combat capabilities of the aircraft. The designers are working on the integration of the Su-30MKI Russian-Indian supersonic cruise missile "BrahMos" into the armament, which will significantly increase the combat capabilities of this unique combat complex ", - said the representative of "Irkut".

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