The partners also eye handling of Army base workshops

The Kalyani Group and JSC Research and Production Corporation ‘Uralvagonzavod’ (UVZ) of Russia have decided to to form a strategic partnership for delivery of components for assembly, service and repair of 125-mm smooth bore gun to be used in repair and modernisation of T-72 and T-90 tanks.

UVZ, one of the largest scientific and industrial complexes in Russia and one of the world’s largest main battle tank manufacturers, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the $2.5 billion Kalyani Group to create a strategic partnership to explore the mutually beneficial opportunities, according to a company statement.

The other areas of collaboration include 100 mm ship mounted artillery gun, manufacture of certain parts of T-72 and T-90 battle tanks and joint participation in the proposed programme of the Indian Defence Ministry to hand over army base workshops to private companies under the concept of government-owned contractor-operated (GOCO) model.

“We are happy to join hands and our collaboration brings together the manufacturing and technology excellence of two leading companies in the world,” Rajinder Singh Bhatia, director, Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd. and Igor Kulikov, director, military — technical Cooperation, UVZ said in a joint statement.

“We are looking forward to spread our footprint in India and abroad while working under the policy of “Make in India for the world,” said Mr. Bhatia and Mr. Kulikov.