Russia’s Rostec and India team up for tank ammo production

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In a move that underscores the deepening ties between Moscow and New Delhi, Russia’s state-owned Rostec corporation announced on Thursday that its weapons export unit is spearheading the production of armor-piercing rounds in India for Russian-made battle tanks. This announcement comes just ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia, where he is set to meet with President Vladimir Putin on July 8-9.

The focal point of this collaboration is the production of “Mango” projectiles, which are specifically designed for the T-72 and T-90 tanks that form a significant part of India’s armored forces. These rounds are noted for their capability to penetrate modern tanks equipped with advanced composite armor, ensuring that India’s military remains at the cutting edge of defense technology.

“The rounds allow you to hit modern tanks equipped with combined protection. Various modifications of these combat vehicles are in service with India,” Rostec detailed in their statement.

Beyond the production of these sophisticated projectiles, Rostec revealed ambitious plans to localize the production of gunpowder in India. This move aligns with the Indian government’s “Make in India” initiative, aimed at boosting local manufacturing and reducing dependency on foreign imports.

Russia has been a long-standing supplier of military equipment to India, a relationship that has only strengthened in recent years. The collaboration on the “Mango” projectiles signifies not just a transfer of technology, but also a strategic partnership that could pave the way for further defense co-production ventures between the two nations.

As Prime Minister Modi prepares for his talks with President Putin, this development will undoubtedly be a significant point of discussion, highlighting the synergy between India’s manufacturing aspirations and Russia’s defense expertise. The “Mango” projectiles are more than just ammunition; they are a symbol of a growing partnership poised to shape the future of defense production in India.

(Source: Defense Here)

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