Could India Purchase Fighter Aircraft From The US?

It was reported in the Indian media (see, for instance, here and here) that India had sought a confidential briefing from US defence contractor Lockheed Martin on its F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft. At a time when China is beefing up its defences in Tibet, citing India’s own military build-up as a threat, New Delhi would be acutely aware that while it does not need an arms race at this time, it would be naïve not to ensure it has the means to thwart any Chinese aggression in that region and elsewhere. In purchasing the military platforms – the aircraft and other military technology – that it requires to plug the many gaps in its defences, India has few alternatives to the US. India, however, is usually able to use the promise of such purchases to ensure that it continues to enjoy favourable trading terms. Read More…

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