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India still relies on Russian weapon systems, but now more on its own terms

Special to WorldTribune.com

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com

The Indian government approved a $1.5-billion purchase of 10,000 Invar anti-tank missiles and 200 BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles from Russia on Oct. 19.

BrahMos is a supersonic cruise missile which can be launched from aircraft, ground batteries, surface ships as well as submarines.

The decision was made after India’s Cabinet Committee on Security had completed an assessment.

The BrahMos missiles will be deployed on the Indian Air Force’s Su-30MKI combat aircraft.

India has traditionally relied on Russia as its major weapons supplier.

About 60 percent of India’s weapons are Russian-made.

In recent years, there have been calls from India’s defense community to reduce this reliance on Moscow and to diversify New Delhi’s sources.

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