Amid the border standoff with between India and China, the Indian Government has approved the purchase of 33 Russian fighter jets and upgrades to another 59 planes.
21 MiG-29 planes and 12 Su-30 jets would be purchased by India for $2.43 billion. The purchase and the upgrade aims to address India’s outdated Air Force planes and also build fighter squadrons.
India approved the purchase after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited Moscow last month.
Most of India’s military equipment is still of Russian origin even though over India ramped up purchase from the United States and Israel.
Mr. Singh also approved the purchase of air-to-air missiles.
The tensions at the Indo-China border have escalated even further after 20 Indian soldiers were mercilessly beaten to death.
Both the nations share a 3,488-km border called Line of Actual Control with many key areas disputed.