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Russian Arms On Display, But US Is Supplier #1

Thursday, January 29, 2015

As T-90 battle tanks rumbled down Rajpath and Sukhoi-30 and MiG-29 fighters thundered overhead on Republic Day, India’s Russian-supplied arsenal was hard to miss.
 
Many observers pointed to the irony of a US president watching Russian armaments swing by. But none of this bothered Barack Obama.
 
The MiGs escorted an American-built P-81 Poseidon maritime aircraft, the message quiet but significant: the US has now overtaken Russia as India’s largest arms supplier.

Obama’s visit to India is characterised by a series of symbolic firsts in the larger contours of Indo-US relations.

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