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In the midst of a crisis facing China, India decides to buy Russian fighter planes and accelerate deliveries of French Rafale

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For several years, Beijing has increased its provocations as part of a policy of fait accompli, taking advantage of the relative diplomatic apathy of the great Western powers, led by the United States. The press regularly reports on Chinese naval deployments near Taiwan or various Japanese archipelagos . Recently, Chinese interference in Hong Kong , in violation of the 1997 handover agreements, has also made headlines. However, in the heart of the global health crisis, it is now at the Indian border that bloody skirmishes have taken place.

With several dozen deaths on both sides of the Line of Actual Control in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, the Sino-Indian crisis which began in May is the most serious since the conflict which opposed the two countries in 1962. While Beijing and New Delhi continue to amass their troops in the mountains, diplomats are trying with increasing difficulty to ease tensions. In this explosive context, the Indian authorities have therefore logically accelerated the modernization of the country's armed forces. This will initially involve an acceleration of military deliveries, slowed by the pandemic, but also by the order of 33 new Russian combat aircraft: 21 MiG-29s and 12 Su-30MKIs.

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The Su-30MKI is the spearhead of the Indian Air Force, with around 260 examples. The fact that the IAF communicates so much on the order of only a dozen aircraft is indicative of the lack of resources allocated in recent years to the renewal of the IAF.

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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