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Republic Day parade underlines India’s shift from Russian to US weaponry

The all-time high participation of US-made aircraft in Sunday’s Republic Day parade, alongside a noticeably reduced Russian presence, underlines the growing shift in India’s weapons procurement priorities.

While the Indian arsenal continues to field a large number of legacy Russian weapons platforms, the new weaponry being inducted is mainly of US or Indian origin. The American aircraft in the parade included the newly arrived CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter, C-130J Super Hercules special operations aircraft and the C-17

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