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India Ranks as Top Worldwide Arms Importer While Deepening Ties with Russia

© AP Photo / Gurinder OsanA vehicle mounted Brahmos missiles is displayed at the Republic Day parade rehearsal in the backdrop of the India Gate war memorial in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 23, 2009.
A vehicle mounted Brahmos missiles is displayed at the Republic Day parade rehearsal in the backdrop of the India Gate war memorial in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 23, 2009. - Sputnik India, 1920, 11.03.2024
Since its independence in 1947, Russia has remained India's most reliable partner in the defense domain. A recent report confirmed that New Delhi purchases more than one-third of its weapons from Moscow.
India's defense cooperation with its strategic partner Russia has transformed into a relationship of "equal partners" in the last few decades, which is quite different from New Delhi's dealings with the West, a military pundit has said.
The comments of retired Indian Air Force (pilot) and strategic affairs commentator Vijainder K Thakur come in the backdrop of a report published by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on Monday, which highlighted that the Eurasian sovereign state was the top supplier of military hardware to the South Asian nation.
According to SIPRI's estimates, Russia's contribution to India's defense equipment procurement from abroad in 2023 stood at 36 percent.

India Upgrading Variety of Russian-Origin Military Platforms

Against this backdrop, Thakur underlined that the imperative for defense technology collaboration and joint ventures between the two countries remained strong.
"Our three services are heavily invested in Russian weapon systems and technology. The trend worldwide is to enhance the capabilities of existing weapon systems by equipping them with better sensors and more potent weapons, rather than to replace them with new platforms. India is already set to upgrade major Russian-origin platforms such as Su-30MKI, MiG-29, and T-72 in collaboration with Russian OEMs," he told Sputnik India on Monday.
Moreover, the defense expert noted that Russia's willingness to share defense technology such as the RD-33 engine, which powers the MiG-29, is a strong enabler for joint ventures (JVs) and transfer of technologies (ToTs).

Russian Technology Tie-Ups Yielding Significant Benefits for India

"In the past, technology tie-ups with Russia have yielded significant benefits for India. Besides Brahmos, the two countries have collaborated on missile seekers, IRST, SFDR (Solid fuel ducted ramjet) engines, and HSTDV (Hypersonic Technology Development Vehicle)," he stated.
For instance, collaboration on BrahMos-NG and the hypersonic BrahMos 2 is ongoing.

Manufacturing of Top Tier Russian Equipment in India is on the Anvil

Thakur expressed that in the future, there will be an imperative for local manufacture in India of the S-400 systems, something the two nations have already discussed.
"Such collaborations are likely to become the norm for two reasons - Both India and Russia believe in cost-effective weapons that meet our defense requirements. Neither nation has the desire to develop expensive weapons in pursuit of global dominance," Thakur stressed.
Interestingly, despite a series of Western media reports suggesting that India's defense partnership with Russia was going through a downward spiral, the military cooperation between the two close partners has been witnessing a positive trend of late.
For example, last year in November, Russia and India signed an agreement to supply the latter with its man-portable Igla anti-aircraft missiles besides permitting the world's largest democratic state to manufacture them locally.
An Indian Navy officer walks past a Mig 29 fighter jet on the deck of the Indian indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant during its commissioning at Cochin Shipyard in Kochi on September 2, 2022. - Sputnik India, 1920, 02.03.2024
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