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India orders $14.5 billion worth of weapons from Russia

Last year, major contracts were concluded for the supply of S-400 systems, frigates of project 11356, and a large batch of ammunition for the Air Force, the Navy and the ground forces
 S-400 systems Vitaliy Nevar/TASS
S-400 systems
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VLADIVOSTOK, September 4. /TASS/. India has ordered from Russia a total of $14.5 billion worth of weapons and other military equipment, the chief of the federal service for military-technical cooperation, Dmitry Shugayev, said on Wednesday.

"Last year and today saw the emergence of a tremendous portfolio of contracts in contrast to all previous years, $14.5 billion. This is an impressive figure, it’s a real breakthrough," Shugayev told the media on Wednesday.

"Military cooperation between Russia and India is the most important element of privileged strategic interaction," he added.

Shugayev recalled that last year, although India was under pressure, mostly from the United States, major contracts were concluded for the supply of S-400 systems, frigates of project 11356, and a large batch of ammunition for the Air Force, the Navy and the ground forces.

"Currently we proceed with talks on the supply and licensed production of the portable air defense system Igla-S for India. As you may know we won a one-billion-dollar bidding contest," Shugayev said.

Post-sale maintenance remains a major aspect of cooperation.

"Currently it is one of the main themes on the agenda. For this purpose we created a joint Russian-Indian working group for post-sale maintenance," Shugayev said.