India has always been a big buyer in the international arms purchase market. “Rafale”, Su-30MKI fighter jets, C-17 large transport aircraft, “Apache” armed helicopters, S-400 defence system, etc., are all in the bag, the strongest, but also expensive.
However, According to recent news from Indian defence research wing, India drops the plans to acquire 21 MiG-29 and 6 Boeing P-8I Neptune from Russia and the US respectively.
Earlier India already canceled the contract for short-range surface-to-air missiles and 14 helicopters. It is speculated that the purchase of Ka-226 helicopters, Ka-31 carrier-based helicopters and “Club” anti-ship missiles from Russia has been canceled. In addition, contracts for the procurement of towed artillery systems, vertically-launched surface-to-air missiles, carrier-based drones, and MiG-29K fighter jets are also under review.
There is even news that the contract for the purchase of 10 additional P-8I anti-submarine patrol aircraft, approved by the Indian Defense Procurement Committee in November 2019, may also be reduced or even cancelled. Previously, India has purchased 8 P-8I anti-submarine patrol aircraft from the Boeing Company of the United States, and as of December 2021, all of them have arrived in service.