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How the Indian military can be weaned off its dependence on Russian weapons

Shifting toward buying more Western weapons systems and lessening its dependence on Russia, for instance, would bolster India's autonomy

Russian S-400 air defence mobile missile launching systems. All that remains is to decide whether the deal should be signed when PM Narendra Modi meets President Vladimir Putin later this year. Photo: Reuters
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Russian S-400 air defence mobile missile launching systems. (Photo: Reuters)

Mihir Sharma | Bloomberg
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 calculate

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First Published: Aug 30 2022 | 8:56 AM IST

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