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Republic Day parade underlines India's shift from Russian to US weaponry

There was a strong Indian flavour to missile and air defence systems as well.

Military vehicle carrying Anti Satellite Weapons (ASAT) -Mission Shakti passes through Rajpath during the 71st Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi | PTI
Military vehicle carrying Anti Satellite Weapons (ASAT) -Mission Shakti passes through Rajpath during the 71st Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi | PTI

The all-time high participation of US-made aircraft in Sunday’s Republic Day parade, alongside a noticeably reduced Russian presence, underlines the growing shift in India’s weapons procurement priorities. While the Indian arsenal continues to field large number of legacy Russian weapons platforms, the new weaponry being inducted is mainly of US or Indian origin. The American aircraft in the parade included the newly arrived CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter, C-130J Super Hercules special operations aircraft and the C-17 ...