The Indian military has been on a shopping spree since the border standoff with China began last year. After almost nine months, the two counties finally agreed to disengage their troops from Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh last month.
During the standoff, India started receiving French Rafale jets. Out of 36 aircraft ordered, it has received 11 so far. Six more will be delivered this month.
India is looking to augment its fighter jet squadrons as China is believed to be possessing a massive fleet of combat aircraft, including the advanced Chengdu J-20 fighters.
While India started acquiring the Dassault Rafale fighters from France, the fact remains that its squadrons still need more aircraft. American aerospace giant Boeing has already disclosed that it is ready to offer its advanced F-15EX fighters to the country.
That Russia wants to pitch its advanced fighter jets to India can be gauged from the recently-concluded ‘Aero India’ exhibition.
Source: Eurasian Times