During the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit, India is most likely to sign the S-400 missile system deal with Russia despite US sanctions against purchase of arms from Russia. However, the big focus during Mr. Putin’s visit on October 4-5 is the proposed 39,000-crore deal for five S-400 air defence systems as the prospect of U.S. sanctions looms large with U.S. officials warning against it. Officials said the process to conclude a deal is almost complete but remain tight-lipped if the deal would be signed during the summit.
Kamov-226T utility helicopters
Discussions are “still under way” between the two sides to conclude a final deal for 200 Kamov-226T utility helicopters. India and Russia have already concluded an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for 200 helicopters estimated to cost over $1 billion. Under the deal, 60 helicopters will be imported from Russia and at least another 140 will be built in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with technology transfer. As part of this, a joint venture was set up in India which will build the helicopters.
India to gift three ‘Made in India’ MiG-21s
During his visit to India, Putin will get a gift of three MiG-21 fighter jets built right here at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The jets will be reportedly gift-wrapped in Indian colours and rolled out – one Type 75 aircraft and two Type 77 – and flown back to Moskva. The MiG-21 jets, originally built in Russia till 1985, are the heart of Indian Air Force’s trike team, which inducted the first supersonic fighter back in 1963. Currently, the IAF fleet has about 120 MiG-21s in service which will be phased out in 2021-22.
Deals likely to be signed during 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit in New Delhi
# Rs 40,000 crore S-400 air defence missile deal,
# Agreement to produce AK-103 assault rifles,
# Joint venture between HAL and Rostec, the Russian helicopter production unit produce 200 Kamov-226T utility helicopters
# 4 Talwar class frigates
# 2 IL-78 transport planes equipped with Israeli early warning systems
# Training of ISRO astronauts at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre