India reportedly cancels plan to buy helicopters from Russia

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According to local media on Saturday, India has chosen to abandon its agreement to buy Mi-17 V5 helicopters from Russia in order to strengthen domestic manufacture.

According to India Today, which cited high government officials on the condition of anonymity, the decision to reject the agreement to buy 48 more Mi-17 V5 helicopters from Russia is unrelated to Russia’s assault on Ukraine, but rather is in accordance with the ‘Make in India’ strategy.

“In light of the push for indigenization, the tender for 48 Mi-17V5 helicopters has been withdrawn. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is presently backing an indigenous helicopter programme “according to the sources

Russia, which has had close ties with India since the fall of the Soviet Union, is the country’s top defence supplier, delivering about 60% of the country’s defence industry needs.

In the event that Russia is unable to buy military equipment, the Indian Defence Ministry has said that it will enhance manufacturing of a wide range of defence equipment, including helicopters, tank engines, missiles, and early warning systems.

Rajnath Singh, India’s defence minister, had stated that the country’s goal is to become a defence industrial hub.

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