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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the repair, refurbishment, and life extension of its Russian-made R-73 and R-27 air-to-air missiles. This initiative aims to enhance the operational capabilities and lifespan of these crucial weapons systems, ensuring the IAF’s continued air dominance.

The EOI specifically seeks proposals for joint ventures (JVs) between Indian companies and the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of the missiles. This collaboration is expected to leverage the expertise of both parties, ensuring high-quality repair, refurbishment, and life extension work while also promoting technology transfer and fostering the development of India’s defense industry.

The R-73 and R-27 missiles are vital components of the IAF’s arsenal. The R-73 is a highly maneuverable short-range missile designed for close-range combat, while the R-27 offers greater range and versatility for medium-range engagements. Both missiles have proven their effectiveness in various conflicts and are considered reliable and potent weapons.

In addition to the expected benefits for the IAF, this initiative holds significant potential for the Indian defense industry. The collaboration with OEMs through JVs can provide Indian companies with access to advanced technologies and expertise, enabling them to develop their own capabilities in missile repair and maintenance. This knowledge transfer can play a crucial role in solidifying India’s self-reliance in the defense sector and promoting further technological advancements.

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