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India, Russia resolve T90 technology transfer issues

India and Russia seem to have resolved a long standing concern over transfer of key technology...

| New Delhi | August 20, 2008 12:54:33 am

India and Russia seem to have resolved a long standing concern over transfer of key technology for the T90 S Main Battle Tank (MBT). An understanding was reached during the latest round of an Inter Governmental Commission on military cooperation.

The issue, which had been raised by New Delhi over the past few months, had slowed down the production rate of the Russian tank in India. Under the new agreement, Russia has promised to share the specifications of the gun barrel and will transfer all relevant documents by the end of the year.

Earlier, a top ordnance official had conceded that they were facing problems with Russia over Transfer of Technology (ToT) for the gun barrel and the 130 mm armour plating of the tank. While an effort has been made to develop the armour indigenously, India needs the technical specifications of the gun barrel from Russia to complete the ToT.

The hold up had resulted in a huge delay for indigenous production. Till February this year, only five T90 tanks had been produced in the country. India is supposed to manufacture over 1,000 T90 tanks under a complete ToT agreement with Moscow.

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