Russia promoting India’s assertion to Pakistan for not raising bilateral issues at regional SCO
On November 13, Russia supported India’s assertion that Pakistan should not create bilateral issues at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as it is a violation of the grouping’s basic principles. Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted all those making attempts to bring bilateral disputes because the progress of multilateral cooperation is not possible otherwise.
During the virtual meeting of the top security officials of the SCO member states in mid-September, Ajit Doval, India’s National Security Advisor had walked out after the Pakistani representative displayed the map depicting Kashmir inaccurately.
India receiving Russia’s support for a permanent seat in UN Security Council
India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council among five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members. Its 2-year term is going to start from January 1, 2021.
Russia is in the support of India’s bid for a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The belief is on the basis that Russia, India, and China discussed the reforms of the UN in the trilateral meeting and considered India as the strong nominee. Moreover, Moscow also supports India’s willingness.
Submarine building plans of the Indian Navy are under the continuous delays
The Indian Navy’s fleet of attack submarines has decreased from 21 to just 15 at present. Even half of them are old and undergoing midlife upgrades remaining with only 7 submarines ready for the battle. According to the approval by the Cabinet Committee on security after the Kargil conflict, the Indian Navy needs around 24 submarines by 2030.
Indian Navy’s Vagir, 5th Scorpene class submarine has been launched but it will take a year to join the Navy’s underwater fleet after the trials. It is operating only two of the six Scorpene submarines that were built under the Project-75 program.
The Project-75 program is running at a very slow speed as it was first decided to be completed in 2012 but then due to delays, it was expected in 2020. It aims to build six conventional submarines with better weapons and sensors and equipped with AIP manufactured in the country. It would be costing 90,000 crores according to estimates.
Russia to comply with India’s request for quick delivery of five S-400 air defence systems
Russia is likely to comply with India’s request for the speedy delivery of the $5.4 billion deal for five S-400 air defence systems. India China border standoff has also triggered the need from some quarters.
The first batch of air defence systems is scheduled to be handed over by the end of 2021. The two countries are also going to finalise the deal for 200 Kamov Ka-226 multipurpose helicopters. It will ensure the localisation of components to align with Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India initiatives.
Russia and India are also negotiating the contract for the generation of more than 700,000 Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles and advanced cooperation on the SU-30MKI jets. Russia is also working on strengthening maritime cooperation and the mutual logistics support agreement.
Plans to export BrahMos to the Philippines and other third countries
Roman Babushkin, Russian Deputy Chief of Mission said India and Russia are building plans to export the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile to the Philippines and other third countries. India seems to sign an agreement early next year with the Philippines for the supply of BrahMos to the Southeast Asian country.
Indo-Russian joint venture produced the BrahMos missile. The range of the new version of the BrahMos is 400 km. all tests to increase the range of the missile are successful. A naval version was test-fired from a steel destroyer of the Indian Navy in the Arabian sea on October 18. Then, IAF test-fired the air-launched version of the missile from Sukhoi fighter aircraft in the Bay of Bengal.
The IAF is integrating the missile on more than 40 Sukhoi fighter jets. It has deployed some original BrahMos missiles in several strategic locations along the border with China in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh.