India reverts to Russia for defence equipment needs

After several years of sourcing most of its defence equipment from France, Israel, and the United States, India has lately reverted to Russia, its traditional supplier, for many of its military requirements. Rahul Bedi reports.

In recent months New Delhi has either signed deals or engaged in advanced negotiations with Russia to acquire defence equipment worth about USD20 billion. This includes the USD5.5 billion deal signed in November 2018 to procure five Almaz-Antey S-400E Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the USD3 billion contract signed in March this year to lease another Project 971 ‘Akula’-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSNs) to the Indian Navy (IN) for 10 years from 2025. Read more

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