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India Is Going To Buy These Weapons From Russia When Vladimir Putin Lands In Goa

India is one of the biggest arms importers in the world. It is understandable since India’s military expansion goes hand in hand with its economic growth. Also playing a role is the neighbourhood. With two nuclear neighbours, one of which can’t be trusted with a water pistol, India has to be prepared for the worst.

With the bulk of equipment of the Indian armed forces of Soviet origin, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Russia is still India’s favoured country when it comes to buying weapons. When Russian President Vladimir Putin comes to India for the BRICS summit, India and Russian will hold bilateral talks on the sidelines. In discussion, among other things will be the following weapons systems that India is keen to buy.

S-400 Triumf

A picture shows two Russian S-400 Triumf S-400 Triumf missile system  at the Russian Hmeimim military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria, on December 16, 2015.   Russia began its air war in Syria on September 30, conducting air strikes against a range of anti-regime armed groups including US-backed rebels and jihadist groups. Moscow has said it is fighting and other "terrorist groups," but its campaign has come under fire by Western officials who accuse the Kremlin of seeking to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  / AFP PHOTO / Paul GYPTEAU
A picture shows two Russian S-400 Triumf S-400 Triumf missile system at the Russian Hmeimim military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria, on December 16, 2015.
Russia began its air war in Syria on September 30, conducting air strikes against a range of anti-regime armed groups including US-backed rebels and jihadist groups. Moscow has said it is fighting and other “terrorist groups,” but its campaign has come under fire by Western officials who accuse the Kremlin of seeking to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. / AFP PHOTO / Paul GYPTEAU

The long range air defence missile system is one of the most feared weapons system in the west. With a range of 400 km, a missile fired from the India will take out an F-16 while it’s still in the airspace above PAF Base Mushaf in Sargodha! The road mobile missile system can pretty much be parked anywhere India wants and shoot down enemy planes at will.

India wants to buy 5 systems with thousands of missiles to use as a defensive measure. The deal is reportedly going to cost India Rs 40,000 crore.

Akula class nuclear submarine

Russian seamen line up on an unidentified submarine believed to be an Akula-class submarine during a military parade training in Vladivostok in this July 25, 2008 file photo. More than 20 people were killed and another 21 injured in an accident aboard a Russian nuclear submarine in the Pacific Ocean, the navy said on Sunday, in the worst submarine disaster since the Kursk sank eight years ago. The RIA agency quoted a source in the Amur Shipbuilding Enterprise as saying the accident occurred aboard the Nerpa, a Project 971 Shchuka-B attack submarine, known inside NATO as an Akula-class submarine. Picture taken July 25, 2008.  REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev  (RUSSIA) - RTXAEQ4
Russian seamen line up on an unidentified submarine believed to be an Akula-class submarine during a military parade training in Vladivostok in this July 25, 2008 file photo. More than 20 people were killed and another 21 injured in an accident aboard a Russian nuclear submarine in the Pacific Ocean, the navy said on Sunday, in the worst submarine disaster since the Kursk sank eight years ago. The RIA agency quoted a source in the Amur Shipbuilding Enterprise as saying the accident occurred aboard the Nerpa, a Project 971 Shchuka-B attack submarine, known inside NATO as an Akula-class submarine. Picture taken July 25, 2008. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev (RUSSIA) – RTXAEQ4

India already operates a leased Akula II class of hunter killer nuclear sub (SSN), christened the INS Chakra. It is one of the quietest of all nuclear subs. In fact they’re so silent, the US was left red faced when it came to light that a Russian Akula had slipped into their backyard, the Gulf of Mexico, without the US Navy even realising it. Designed to hunt the American SSBNs, the Akula is a weapons platform unlike no other. Now India wants to lease another one to augment the fleet.

FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft)

A Russian first stealth fighter T-50 performs during MAKS-2011, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on August 17, 2011. Russian officials said the final version of the jet will not be ready until the end of 2016. India was reported to be interested in up to 200 T-50 fighters for its air force while Russia was planning to order at least 150. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY KOSTYUKOV / AFP PHOTO / DMITRY KOSTYUKOV
A Russian first stealth fighter T-50 performs during MAKS-2011, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on August 17, 2011. Russian officials said the final version of the jet will not be ready until the end of 2016. India was reported to be interested in up to 200 T-50 fighters for its air force while Russia was planning to order at least 150. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY KOSTYUKOV / AFP PHOTO / DMITRY KOSTYUKOV

After months of negotiations, both India and Russia have agreed to a work-share agreement for the under-development FGFA. A fifth generation fighter with stealth tech, it is the most advanced fighter plane in the world. Both countries have committed $4 billion towards the R&D for the project. India is expected to buy about 144 of these planes. More importantly, Indian engineers will get the know how to build a stealth plane which will be used in India’s home grown AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft).

Ka 226T Light helicopters

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While India and Russia have agreed to a deal for the manufacture of the light helicopters, the agreement for the joint production is likely to be signed soon. 200 of these are required with the initial batch of 40 coming from Russia and 160 being manufactured locally with transfer of technology.

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