The news agencies Interfax and RIA Novosti, citing their sources, report that Russia’s tender to supply India with Igla-S MANPADS was accepted.
At the same time, a TASS military-diplomatic source said that Russia had not yet won the tender, but “there is a high degree of probability that Russia will win in the competition to supply MANPADS.”
Earlier, Reuters reported that the Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport offered the lowest price among bidders for the supply of MANPADS for the Indian army. The total price for the potential contract is $3 billion. Rival bidders include Swedish conglomerate SAAB and MBDA, a European multinational company (the leading European developer of missile systems, includes enterprises in France, Britain, Italy, and Germany).
Earlier, the media reported that on November 20th, Rosoboronexport also agreed to build two frigates for the Indian Navy. The ships will be laid in Indian shipyards. The cost of the contract is estimated at $500 million.