Russia to deliver additional 18 rocket launchers to India

October 1st, 2008 - 5:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Oct 1 (RIA Novosti) Russia will deliver an additional 18 Smerch multiple rocket launch systems (MRLS) to India, besides an already agreed contract for 38 , the state-run arms exporter said Wednesday. “This agreement (for the additional deliveries) was reached during the Russian defence minister’s recent visit to Delhi,” Nikolai Dimidyuk of Rosoboronexport said.

The Smerch MRLS can effectively engage any type of target within a range between 20 km and 90 km, and is operated by a crew of three servicemen.

Russia is soon to start delivering 38 Smerch-M 9À52-2 MRLSs to India under a $450 million contract signed two years ago.

In August, Rosoboronexport signed a $300 million contract for the delivery of the additional 18 Smerch systems.

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