Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state-controlled arms exporter, is engaged in discussions with Indian enterprises regarding the collaborative manufacturing of aircraft weapons intended for the Indian Air Force. As reported by Russia’s RIA state news agency early on Tuesday, Alexander Mikheyev, the General Director of Rosoboronexport, stated that the organization is actively partnering with both private and public entities in India to facilitate the joint production of aviation weapons, seamlessly integrating them into the existing Indian aviation fleet.
Although specific details were not disclosed regarding the identity of the Indian companies involved or the anticipated commencement of production, the collaborative effort underscores the ongoing cooperation between Russia and India in the defense sector. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Russia remains the primary supplier of arms to India, accounting for 45% of Indian defense imports in 2022.
Mikheyev highlighted that Rosoboronexport, in conjunction with its Indian partners, has already supplied the Indian Ministry of Defence with various military assets, including Su-30MKI fighter jets, tanks, armored vehicles, and shells. Furthermore, the collaborative efforts between India and Russia extend to the joint production of AK-203 Kalashnikov assault rifles, a venture that commenced at the beginning of the year. This ongoing collaboration solidifies the strategic partnership between the two nations in the realm of defense production and underscores Russia’s significant role in India’s defense infrastructure.