IAF's sourcing spares for MIG planes from outside Russia "wrong": Envoy
Indian Air Force's efforts to procure spare parts for its Soviet-era aircraft from global market were "wrong" and after using these "fake" equipment, the service should not be surprised if its fighter jets meet with accidents, Russia said today.delhi Updated: Mar 26, 2012 22:01 IST
Indian Air Force's efforts to procure spare parts for its Soviet-era aircraft from global market were "wrong" and after using these "fake" equipment, the service should not be surprised if its fighter jets meet with accidents, Russia said on Monday.
"It is wrong as all those spare parts are fake. For MiG and other planes, you need authentic parts, And then you are surprised why your planes fall because spare parts are bought from unauthorised sources," Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin told reporters in New Delhi.
He was asked to comment on India's efforts to procure spares for Russian-origin equipment from global vendors.
Commenting on induction of Russian-origin nuclear submarine 'Nerpa' in Indian Navy, Kadakin said "India is the one and first country to be leased a nuclear submarine. We have not and shall not give to any other country."
Asked if more such vessels could be provided to India, he said it will depend on the requirements put forward by Indian government.
On the issue of delay in delivery of Talwar class-follow-on frigates to the Navy, the Russian diplomat said "better ask about the Scorpene (submarine) delay."
On defence ties between India and Russia, he said "altogether our bag of orders is worth $20 billion. This is very good prospect and we will continue this cooperation.
"We are not against India buying from somewhere else if they get better things. We are not going to be in competition with anyone. We have our own niche in cooperating with India and we shall do what our Indian friends ask us to do."