News / Asia

    India, Russia Seal Defense Deals Worth Billions

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a press conference after signing weapons deals worth billions in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a press conference after signing weapons deals worth billions in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.
    Anjana Pasricha
    India and Russia have sealed defense deals worth billions of dollars during a visit by the Russian president, in a move which reaffirms the long-standing strategic alliance between the two countries.

    Calling Russia a key partner in the effort to modernize India's armed forces, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the deal to buy 71 military helicopters worth $1.3 billion, and kits to assemble 42 Sukhoi fighter jets worth $1.6 billion.

    India and Russia were close allies during the Cold War days, with Moscow being the main supplier of India’s armed forces. But analysts say Russia has been losing out on India’s lucrative defense market in recent years, as New Delhi increasingly hands out contracts to countries such as Israel, France and the United States, establishing closer links with many Western countries. 

    The trend has sparked concerns in Russia that the country is losing its dominant position in the Indian military market.

    However, Moscow remains a key defense supplier and the two countries also retain a close political relationship.

    On Monday, India's leader called Putin a “valued friend.”

    “We deeply value Russia’s steadfast friendship, and support for India unaffected by global developments," Singh said. "This relationship has a special place in the hearts and minds of the people of India, and India remains committed to further deepening it.”

    The Russian leader, making his first visit to New Delhi since starting a new term in May, was also effusive. In an article published in a leading Indian newspaper, Putin wrote that “deepening friendship and cooperation with India is among the top priorities of our foreign policy.”

    x
    Increasing trade with India, which the Russian president called one of the world’s fastest growing economies, was also high on Putin’s agenda, who said he wants to double bilateral trade with India from the current $10 billion to $20 billion. Trade between the two countries has grown slowly in recent years.

    The two sides also signed agreements on trade, science, education and law enforcement.

    Putin said the deals demonstrate the two countries' mutual aspiration to develop political dialogue, investment, trade relations and people-to-people contact.

    The two leaders also reaffirmed their commitment toward stabilizing Afghanistan, and making it free from extremism. 

    “We reviewed the ongoing developments in Afghanistan," Singh said, "and agreed to work together against threats posed by extremist ideologies and drug trafficking.

    You May Like

    Syrian Torture Victim Recounts Horrors

    'You make them think you have surrendered' says Jalal Nofal, a doctor who was jailed and survived repeated interrogations in Syria

    Mandela’s Millions Paid to Heirs, But Who Gets His Country Home?

    Saga around $3 million estate of country's first democratic president is far from over as Winnie Mandela’s fight for home overshadows payouts

    Guess Which Beach is 'Best in the US'?

    Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay tops an annual "top 10" list compiled by a coastal scientist, also known as Doctor Beach

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Sseruwu Alex John from: Uganda
    December 25, 2012 3:18 AM
    Putin's deals with India is move aimed at bringing back Russia to her former self, selling arms and deeply allying with the world's populous mighty nations, i.e, china and India is move intended to bring Russia to her former glory and shooting up into Asian dominance, Asian diplomat and above all globe mightiness. Its a good deal for Russia but digging deep gradual a global catastrophe as the west seems to be loosing out quickly the Asian markets and influence

    by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
    December 24, 2012 8:40 PM
    It is very difficult to understand the Putin charm, he is one of the best arms sales persons on the planet; how is he able to sell massive amounts of arms to China and to India at the same time; and have high level strategic partnerships with both clients (China/India) just amazing. One of the two clients is bound to end up with the short end of the stick when push comes to shove, I bet it will be India...
    In Response

    by: abhishek from: kolkata india
    December 28, 2012 5:04 AM
    even your country prime minister is also a doing sales man he came India for selling uranium to India some one form Canada can not need to complain for this

    by: angelina from: las vegas
    December 24, 2012 5:04 PM
    It is for all the world to see the truth about India - Gang rapes, Crimes and Corruption. There are criminals and rapists sitting in legislatures of India. And corp orates and politicians are looting its wealth by both hands - 800 million of the 1.2 billion Indians live a miserable life.In a society with so much of dichotomy at all levels, be it financially or socially, a well rooted patriarchy especially in northern states, added further by distorted sex ratio due to female infanticide, topped with layers of hypocrisy The Indian male is a very chauvinistic,misogynist ,violent animal contrary to the image of a peaceful," Ghandi". Violence is in the blood of an Indian. On top of that, rape is a not uncommon occurrence in Delhi. In Kashmir, the Indian occupation forces have used gang rape as an instrument of state policy Rape is violence and this was a most henious crime against a women for no other reason than being deranged and evil. They ought to be sentenced to a life time in prison. No where in the world this should be allowed to happen India is the failed state and most dangerous place to be a girl The Home Minister of India said, ""Besides, Russian President Vladimir Putin is arriving in Delhi tomorrow. There should not be any such protest when he is visiting India. We are trying our best to cooperate with the students, but... No such picture should go out of the country for which India would come under criticism from the outside world administration or law due to this horrendous crime but he is more concerned that sham and fake image he has to present to the outside world would be damaged but don't worry Indian beggars cheaters of Russian technology cant save you or make you safe against american highly sophisticated advance technology.
    In Response

    by: Gus from: Virginia. USA
    December 29, 2012 9:53 PM
    India should have opted for competition rather than pleasing Putin. I disagree with Angelina that India is bad place. There are issues and problems as india has 1.2 Billion + people to feed. Social and criminal issues are everywhere. India unlike China has not tampered with Kashmir as China did with Tibet. Chinese have settled han chinese and connected Tibet and also border with India with highways and high speed rail roads. This helps china in bullying India. Kashmir enjoys lots of priviledges in India. Kashmir state is completely funded by Indian Govt. as there is minimal revenue generated locally. No non kashmiri indians can settle in Kashmir. Terror is funded by Pakistan which wants a revenge of loss of it;s eastern wing.

    by: Rana from: London
    December 24, 2012 12:27 PM
    Mr Singh. Well done! Despite having such powerful and expensive weaponry you and your spineless government can't protect women and their basic rights in your own country.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324660404578198473010757116.html
    In Response

    by: Anonymous
    December 27, 2012 6:45 PM
    Commenting with precious little knowledge and a healthy dose of bias renders comments such as yours.
    In Response

    by: Paristun from: Myanmar
    December 25, 2012 8:05 AM
    Yup,If Singh led gov. have a heart and will to protect women, they will make plans to protect women from the sex maniacs. Instead of wasting money on the weapons, they should come up with vital laws to protect women.Such laws must me strong enough to make the sex maniacs , stick to porn or whores.

    by: ronwiltx from: Kingsville, TX
    December 24, 2012 11:33 AM
    Well, that tells you what India thinks of the F-35.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trendi
    X
    May 27, 2016 5:57 AM
    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trend

    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Reactions to Trump's Success Polarized Abroad

    What seemed impossible less than a year ago is now almost a certainty. New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has won the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination. The prospect has sparked as much controversy abroad as it has in the United States. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Drawings by Children in Hiroshima Show Hope and Peace

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, the first American president to do so while in office. In August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city to force Japan's surrender in World War II. Although their city lay in ruins, some Hiroshima schoolchildren drew pictures of hope and peace. The former students and their drawings are now part of a documentary called “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard.” VOA's Deborah Block has the story.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese Rapper Performs for Obama

    A prominent young Vietnamese artist told President Obama said she faced roadblocks as a woman rapper, and asked the president about government support for the arts. He asked her to rap, and he even offered to provide a base beat for her. Watch what happened.
    Video

    Video Roots Run Deep for Tunisia's Dwindling Jewish Community

    This week, hundreds of Jewish pilgrims are defying terrorist threats to celebrate an ancient religious festival on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The festivities cast a spotlight on North Africa's once-vibrant Jewish population that has all but died out in recent decades. Despite rising threats of militant Islam and the country's battered economy, one of the Arab world's last Jewish communities is staying put and nurturing a new generation. VOA’s Lisa Bryant reports.
    Video

    Video Meet Your New Co-Worker: The Robot

    Increasing numbers of robots are joining the workforce, as companies scale back and more processes become automated. The latest robots are flexible and collaborative, built to work alongside humans as opposed to replacing them. VOA’s Tina Trinh looks at the next generation of automated employees helping out their human colleagues.
    Video

    Video Wheelchair Technology in Tune With Times

    Technologies for the disabled, including wheelchair technology, are advancing just as quickly as everything else in the digital age. Two new advances in wheelchairs offer improved control and a more comfortable fit. VOA's George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Baby Boxes Offer Safe Haven for Unwanted Children

    No one knows exactly how many babies are abandoned worldwide each year. The statistic is a difficult one to determine because it is illegal in most places. Therefore unwanted babies are often hidden and left to die. But as Erika Celeste reports from Woodburn, Indiana, a new program hopes to make surrendering infants safer for everyone.
    Video

    Video California Celebration Showcases Local Wines, Balloons

    Communities in the U.S. often hold festivals to show what makes them special. In California, for example, farmers near Fresno celebrate their figs and those around Gilmore showcase their garlic. Mike O'Sullivan reports that the wine-producing region of Temecula offers local vintages in an annual festival where rides on hot-air balloons add to the excitement.
    Video

    Video US Elementary School Offers Living Science Lessons

    Zero is not a good score on a test at school. But Discovery Elementary is proud of its “net zero” rating. Net zero describes a building in which the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable sources equals the amount of energy the building uses. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, the innovative features in the building turn the school into a teaching tool, where kids can't help but learn about science and sustainability. Faith Lapidus narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora