Yesterday, President Obama was in India for Republic Day, which makes sense since its parade included a C-17 Globemaster III and the P-8 Poseidon, the most advanced maritime patrol and transport aircraft in the world, both imported from the U.S. and flying with Indian flags on their tails. Although the weather was a major issue, with the flypast being on the verge of cancellation all morning, the waves of aircraft that did fly overhead were a good metaphor for India’s ‘unique’ relationship as a mega arms buyer on the world stage. With some of the most advanced Russian Flankers and Fulcrums in the world, along with a grab-bag of older Russian and European gear, India remains truly anyone’s customer when it comes to military hardware (well, aside from China). Now, with America’s relationship with India growing tighter and with hundreds of billions of dollars of trade occurring between the two nations, not to mention increasingly common strategic interests, the door may be flung open for India to receive some of America’s most potent and technologically advanced weaponry. India’s Russian-built front line heavy fighter, the Su-30MKI, has been plagued with low availability rates, quality issues and a lack of spare parts,… Read full this story
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