How to wean the Indian military off its dependence on Russian arms

While half a billion dollars may seem like a lot of money, it really isn't when compared to the scale of the problem. Until recently, India bought almost all its frontline weaponry from Russia.

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The Indian government’s unwillingness to condemn Russia forcefully for its invasion of Ukraine seems to have woken up leaders in Washington to a long-simmering problem: how to wean the Indian military off its dependence on Russian arms. According to Bloomberg News, the U.S. government is considering a $500 million defense package for India, to finance the purchase of US weapons systems.

While half a billion dollars may seem like a lot of money, it really isn’t when compared to the scale of the problem. Until recently, India bought almost all its frontline weaponry from Russia. Researchers at the Stimson Center

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First Published: May 20 2022 | 8:08 AM IST

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