Sunday, 11 November 2012
Russia to sell guided missiles to India for hundreds of millions of dollars
he Security Committee of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Government of India has approved the purchase of Russian anti-tank guided missiles of various types. The deal is worth a few hundred million dollars, according to Rossiyskaya Gazeta. India will buy from Russia 10,000 Konkurs-M anti-tank guided missiles. Indian media reported, citing sources in the Indian government, that the ground forces of the country were going to buy 25,000 Invar missiles for T-90 tanks, which India has in its army. India planned to buy 10,000 missiles from Russia. Another 15,000 are to be produced in India under Russian license. The missiles are going to be acquired for infantry troops. The cost of future purchases is estimated at 12 billion rupees (240 million dollars). Previously, the Committee on Security has approved the purchase of Russian guided tank missiles Invar for T-90 tanks and more than 200 air-purpose cruise missiles BrahMos for a total amount of 80 billion rupees (1.5 billion dollars). Of this amount, 60 billion rupees ($ 1.2 billion) will be spent for the purchase of Brahmos aircraft missiles to be installed on the Su-30MKI. The missiles are produced in Russia at Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace. However, in the tender for the purchase of 15 heavy helicopters, India opted for the American CH-47F Chinook instead of the Russian Mi-26. The cost of the tender is 1 billion 400 million dollars. U.S. helicopters CH-47F by Boeing will replace helicopters of Soviet production in the Indian Air Force. India purchased them in the mid 1980s. However, information on the outcome of the tender has not been officially confirmed yet. "We participate in the tender and would like to know the outcome. But we do not have the information yet,"