India is the world’s largest buyer of Russian-made weapons
Russia has supplied India with weapons systems worth about $13 billion over the past five years, and New Delhi has placed orders with Moscow for a further $10 billion worth of military equipment, Russian news agencies reported Sunday night.
India is the world’s largest buyer of Russian-made weapons—accounting for roughly 20 percent of orders on the Russian defense industry’s books—which partly explains why New Delhi has studiously avoided outright condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine . Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly appealed to Moscow and Kyiv to choose the path of dialogue and diplomacy to end the armed conflict, which will complete a year in 11 days.
Dozens of Western countries have imposed sanctions on Russia, particularly its arms industry, in retaliation for the invasion which the Kremlin has dubbed a “special military operation”.
But India, China and some Southeast Asian countries continue to be interested in acquiring Russian weapons, according to Dmitry Shugaev, head of the federal service for military-technical cooperation.
“Despite the unprecedented pressure exerted on India by Western countries, led by the US, regarding Russia’s special operation in Ukraine, it continues to be one of Russia’s key partners in the field of military-technical cooperation,” Mr. Sugaev, according to Interfax.
Annual arms exports amounted to about $14-15 billion and the orders received by Moscow remained stable at around $50 billion, he added.
Russia’s customers in Asia are mainly interested in the S-400 air defense systems, surface-to-air missiles such as the Osa, Strela and Pesora, fighter jets such as the Sukhoi Su-30 and Mikoyan MiG-29, attack helicopters and remotely piloted drones. aircraft, always according to Dmitry Shugaev.
TASS news agency reported that Russia will display about 200 weapons and other equipment at the 14th Aero India, this year’s edition of which begins today in Bengaluru.
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