Friday, October 27, 2006

Indian Defence scene

India to buy 330 T-90S battle tanks from Russia. India bought 310 T-90S main battle tanks in 2001 for around $800 mln – 124 in complete form and the remaining 186 to be assembled at Avadi in response to Pakistan inducting the Ukrainian built T-80 UD MBT into service in 1997 onwards.

Russia to supply rocket engines for India’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Lakshya under a $100 mln deal although transfer of technology under license could be withheld due to international ban on missile technologies.

o Indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter is named ‘Dhruv’.

o ‘Brahmos’ missiles – the supersonic cruise missiles developed in collaboration with Russia are named after the Brahmaputra and Moskova rivers.

o Indra-II – is an indigenously developed radar

o Nag – anti-tank guided missile

o Mi-26 and Mi-17 – are helicopters

o IL-76 and AN-32 are transport aircraft