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Indian & Russian Firm Plan Joint Venture For Defence Avionics

Given the huge potential in military avionics, Indian aerospace firm
Axis Aerospace and Technologies (AAT) and Russian defence exporter FGUP
Rosoboronexport Monday announced they have signed an agreement to start a
joint venture focusing on avionics for IAF’s front line Sukhoi SU-30
and MiG-29 fighter jets, as also military helicopters.

Apart from these Russian-origin platforms, the JV will also work on the
new fighter jet from the Mikoyan stable, the MiG-35, which is one of the
contenders in India’s $10.4-billion tender for 126 combat aircraft.

‘The JV will focus on creation of cutting-edge technology for aerospace
and defence applications in addition to design, production and
integration of avionics systems,’ the two companies said, but did not
give the funding details of the project.

 

The venture would address areas such as development of MIPS technology
for use in avionics. This would be a major leap towards achieving
self-reliance in processor technology for Indian industry.

Axis Aerospace would build on the Russian efforts in this field to
create MIPS (million instructions per seconds)-based avionics,
communication systems and software-defined radio (SDR). The JV would
seamlessly fuse the building blocks of this technology held by both
companies to design and produce SDRs, the future of all communication
systems.

‘The JV will undertake manufacture of avionics equipment for MiG-35,
Su-30, MiG-29 (fighter jets), Mi-17, Mi-28, and Kamov-28 (helicopters)
enabling better offset discharge by Russian original equipment
manufacturers, apart from design and development of new generation test
solutions for maintenance of avionics equipment,’ city-based AAT’s CEO
Ravi Narayanan said here.

The venture would also take part in establishing a service centre in
India for maintenance and repair of avionics equipment of Russian
origin, apart from integration of the same on aircraft and helicopters
of both Russian and non-Russian design, he added.

‘This JV, once it is formed, will be the perfect vehicle to support
indigenous efforts to develop, support and upgrade avionics and other
types of equipment for Russian-origin defence product, which would
continue to be the dominant factor in Indian defense for the years to
come. Also this would marry Russian domain expertise, OEM knowledge
along with cutting edge technology build to suit Indian requirements,’
Narayanan said.

Rosoboronexport said the creation of such JV would make it possible to
extend participation of the Russian companies in Indian defense
programmes including advanced projects in the future.