India to Buy Four Strategic Bombers From Russia

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India to Buy Four Strategic Bombers From Russia

Photo: RIA Novosti / Oleg Lastochkin

The Ministry of Defence of India has expressed the wish to buy four strategic bombers Tu-22M3 and other high-tech Russia’s military hardware, the Interfax news agency reported on July 12, citing the official stand of the program ‘Make in India’ at the international industrial exhibition ‘Innoprom’ in Ekaterinburg.

In addition to the bombers, the Indian Air Forces are going to buy 80 Mi-17 helicopters, 6 IL-76 airlifters that are suitable for the Israeli radar ‘Falcon’, and 12 air defense missile weapon systems S-400 ‘Triumph’.

Moreover, the Ministry of Defence of India would like to take on lease two nuclear-powered submarines Akula-II with an option to purchase them after the completion of the lease term.

The Indian stand at the international industrial exhibition also showed that more than 1 thousand T-90S tanks and 200 Ka-226 helicopters are planned to be produced at the territory of the country under the initiative ‘Make in India’.

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