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After months of deadlock over the supply of spare parts for Russian-origin weapons systems used by the Indian Armed Forces, a recent meeting between Indian and Russian officials could be the key to breaking the logjam.

The Indian Defence Ministry has urged Russian OEMs like Uralvagonzavod, Tecmash, Bazalt, Tactical Missiles Corp., NPO Mashinostroyenia, United Aircraft Corp., Russian Helicopters, Oboronprom, Almaz-Antey, United Engine Corp., United Shipbuilding Corp., Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center, Admiralty Shipyards, Aerospace Equipment Corp., and Urals Optical and Mechanical Plant to participate in the ‘Make in India’ initiative by opening offices in India, either through local joint partnerships or by appointing local Indian companies to manufacture their spares in the country.

The halt in the supply of spares by Russian OEMs has been due to payment issues between India and Russia. Even after the payment issue is resolved, it is unlikely that the supply of spares will reach pre-war levels due to ongoing war requirements. The new initiative seeks to ensure a steady supply of spare parts by encouraging the Russian defence industry to participate in the Indian manufacturing sector.

The Indian government’s call to Russian OEMs to establish offices in India is part of the larger ‘Make in India’ initiative that seeks to boost the country’s domestic manufacturing sector. The Indian government has identified the defence manufacturing sector as a key area for growth, and the participation of Russian OEMs is seen as a significant step towards achieving self-sufficiency in the defence manufacturing sector. The move is also expected to strengthen the long-standing defence ties between India and Russia.

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