Despite India expanding its military ties with the US, Europe and Israel, Russia remains New Delhi's number one supplier of weapons with America at a distant second, according to a report on global arms trade in the last five years.
From 2012 to 2016, Russia supplied 68 per cent of India's arms import, as per the survey by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) - an international think-tank that researches on conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. In the same period, the US supplied 14 per cent of arms to India, followed by Israel (7.2 per cent).
The SIPRI report also foresees Russia maintaining the lead in supplying weapons to India – which has emerged as the biggest importer of major arms with overseas procurements exceeding that of China and Pakistan. “Based on existing orders and weapons, Russia will remain, by far, the main supplier of major arms to India for the foreseeable future,” it said.
“However, India expects increasing deliveries due to several major orders from France (another traditional supplier) and from the US, South Korea and Spain – all of which only recently became suppliers of major weapons to India,” said the report.
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