New Delhi: Boosting their military ties, India on Monday inked deals worth around Rs 22,000 crore (four billion US dollars) with Russia to procure 42 new Su-30 MKI combat aircraft and 71 Mi-17V5 medium-lift helicopters.
    
The contracts for acquiring these weapon systems were signed during the 13th India-Russia Annual Summit after talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin here.
    
At the Summit meeting on Monday, a joint venture agreement was also inked between Elcom Systems Private Ltd. and OAO "Vertoleti Rassi" (JSC "Helicopters Russia"), which aims to set up a modern industrial facility for manufacturing  Russian Mi and Kamov choppers in India.
    
Under one contract worth around Rs 13,000 crore (USD 2.2 billion) for licence production of 42 Su-30MKIs, Russia will deliver technical kits to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to assemble them here.
    
With this contract, the number of Su-30MKIs in the IAF would go up to 272 in next four to five years with 170 of them already at present in the force.
    
These multi-role frontline aircraft could also be equipped with Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles.
    
Under the contract for 71 Mi-17V5 choppers, 59 of these machines would be given to the IAF while the remaining 12 would be used by paramilitary forces in their anti-Naxal operations.
    
These helicopters would be used by the IAF to replace its existing fleet of older versions of Mi-17 and Mi-8 aircraft in its inventory.
    
This is a follow up order by the IAF for the new 'V5' version as it is in the process of inducting 80 such machines for which orders were placed around three years ago.
    
Already more than 40 of them have been inducted into the force at locations including Bathinda in Punjab, Srinagar and Bagdogra in West Bengal.

The deal for procuring the additional 42 Su-30MKIs was signed between HAL and Russian firm Rosoboronexport.
    
The premier aerospace company in a release said with the signing of the new deal, "HAL's total responsibility for this supersonic multi-role aircraft has now gone up to 222. This will further boost our confidence and operations as we have already delivered 119 Su-30 aircraft to the Air Force.
    
"We will continue to contribute to the country’s defence preparedness," HAL Chairman and Managing Director R K Tyagi said.
    
The deal was inked by Tyagi on behalf of HAL with the Defence Ministry while Managing Director of HAL's MiG Complex S  Subramanyan signed the contract with Deputy General Director of Rosobornexport A A Mikheev.
    
Su-30 MKI is a two-seater, highly manoeuvrable, supersonic, multi-role aircraft for day and night operations in all weather conditions.
    
The aircraft is fitted with two turbojet AL-31FP engines and is equipped with sophisticated avionics from Russian and western and indigenous sources.
    
HAL makes the Su-30MKI airframes at Nasik, engines at Koraput, accessories at Hyderabad (communication and navigation), hydraulic, pneumatic and fuel aggregates and instruments at Lucknow and avionic displays and other equipment at Korwa.
    
Overhauling and repairs of Su-30 MKI have already commenced in dedicated lines set up at Nasik.

(Agencies)

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