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India Needs a Stronger Partnership with Russia in the Emerging Multipolar World

Mainstream Weekly (December 09, 2009)                                                                           Print This News

NEW DELHI: Indo-Russian relations took a serious beating in the aftermath of the sudden disintegration of the Soviet Union. ................................................... Political cooperation between India and Russia has emerged as the dominant feature in our bilateral relations. ......................................

Defence Cooperation

One of the most important elements of Indo-Russian strategic partnership is defence cooperation. Seventy per cent to 85 per cent of our Air Force, Army and Navy are equipped with military hardware of Soviet or Russian origin. The foundation of this relationship was laid during Soviet times but it has entered a new stage in recent years. The buyer-seller relationship in the defence sector, that existed during Soviet times, has reached a new and qualitatively different stage with the thrust of our cooperation expanding to joint research, development, marketin etc. The BrahMos supersonic missile is a brilliant example of such productive cooperation between India and Russia. The fifth generation aircraft, multi-role transport aircraft are another two important projects of joint defence cooperation.

Russia is a power house of high technology which exists mainly in its defence sector. India is the only country with which Russia would like to share its sensitive technology. India should take note of this, and go for productive joint cooperation with Russia in this vital, strategic sector. Experts usually talk about the military-political cooperation between countries. But India and Russia can really talk about the military-economic cooperation that would benefit both countries immensely, first of all our country. Russian technology, resources, India’s IT and investment potential, given the strategic nature of our relationship, can really make this kind of military-economic partnership a huge success. .............................................
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The article was written by Dr Arun Mohanty. He is an Associate Professor, Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is also the Director, Eurasian Foundation.

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  • "Time has come for BrahMos Aerospace to work on Mark-II version of BRAHMOS so that we will still be the market leader in hypersonic cruise missiles." - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

  • "The traditional partnership between India & Russia has been tested by the time and time and it is the most important stabilizing factor, not only for the asian region, but for the whole world" - Vladimir Putin

  • "Make in India' should not be limited to production & manufacturing only, it should also involve generation of engineering knowledge in the country." - Mr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra

  • "BrahMos is not only a successful Joint Venture but also a model for cooperation which has immense political value for our two countries" - Mr. Dmitry Rogozin

  • "BrahMos JV is a unique venture which has given substantial guidelines in defence design inputs, engineering inputs, production related culture and ultimately in pushing the technology base forward" - Dr. V G Sekaran

  • "BrahMos JV is most suitable model, which has withstood the test of time and is recommended to be followed for realization of all high end products with our country." - Dr. V K Saraswat

  • "BrahMos is the most successful missile company of the nation and it is this unique blend of young and experienced team members motivated with innovation and utmost dedication that has contibuted to the success of the missile system" - Dr. Avinash Chander