India looks beyond Russia to build its defence forces

India may buy the US tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft for its new Mountain Strike Corps (photo: dpa)
India may buy the US tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft for its new Mountain Strike Corps (photo: dpa)

India is struggling to establish a domestic defence industry and its arms imports have more than doubled in the last 10 years. Its traditional major supplier has been Russia, but now New Delhi is spending more in the United States as it tries to counter China’s military build-up in the Indian Ocean. What happens next probably depends on the outcome of elections now under way.

India looks beyond Russia to build its defence forces

<em>Military sales in India may be due for a shake-up. Current national elections, growing animosity towards China and fallout from the crisis in the Crimea involving Russia - New Delhi’s top arms supplier - all have the potential to reshape th...

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