India enhances its military powers by buying 33 Russian fighter jets for $2.43 billion.
To enhance border protection and address the conflicts with China along the LAC, India stacks up it’s armour by buying 33 Russian fighter jets which include 21 MiG-29 and 12 Su-30 MKI. Along with this, IAF is also set to upgrade 59 jets at an overall cost of $2.4bn. The defence ministry has approved local development of all three branches of military, ammunations and upgraded infantry combat vehicles after PM Modi spoke about the need to strengthen our armed forces to protect our borders. Russia has always been India’s biggest arms supplier and a strong ally. In 2018, despite the threat of US sanctions, India purchased S-400 Russian missile system worth $5.4 billion. In 2016 India signed a deal with France for 36 Rafael fighter jets at the cost of $8.78bn. These deals are set to propel India into a handful of nations around the world who are set in the arms deal. They are stacking up their resources by purchases and deals with other countries to be ready for another confrontation across the border. Russia has also supported the Make in India initiative through defence manufacturing by signing agreements for naval frigates, KA-226T twin engine utility helicopter which will be developed as a joint venture with 60 in Russia and 140 in India and Bramhos cruise missile. This relationship between the two countries was also seen when Shri Venkaiah Naidu attended the WW2 parade day in Russia in May. But despite our increasing arsenal, it is always better to resolve any issues with other nations through diplomatic channels rather than through show of arms.