India is seeking to buy four strategic Tu-22M3 bombers and other high-tech weaponry from Russia, Interfax reported in Moscow. The announcment was made at the recent ‘Make in India’ pavilion at the INNOPROM International Industrial Exhibition in Yekaterinburg.
A strategic bomber is a medium to long range penetration bomber designed to drop large amounts of explosive devices for the purposes of debilitating the enemy’s capacity to wage war. Unlike tactical bombers, penetrators, fighter-bombers, and attack aircraft, strategic bombers are designed to fly deep into enemy territory to destroy strategic targets (e.g., infrastructure, logistics, military installations, factories, and cities). The United States, Russia, and China have strategic bombers.
The Tupolev Tu-22M NATO reporting name: Backfire) is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing, long-range strategic and maritime strikebomber with immense war capabilities
The Indian Air Force also wants to purchase 80 Mi-17 helicopters and six Il-76 airplanes, in which the Israeli radar system, the ‘Falcon,’ can be installed, the news agency reported. India has also evinced interest in buying twelve S-400 ‘Triumf’ anti-aircraft missile systems.
Talks are not afoot at official levels about |Indian leasing two nuclear submarines of the Akula-2 (‘Akula’ means Shark) class, with the option to purchase them after the completion of the lease. Russia has already leased a nuclear submarine, named the ‘Chakra’, to Inda in 2012.
Under current agreement, India has finalized plans to build more than 1,000 T-90S tanks and 200 Ka-226 helicopters under the ‘Make in India’ programme. – CINEWS