Need to modernise: India’s Air Force (IAF) is just a third of that of China
INDIA and the US are likely to sign a $3.5bn (£2.23bn) defence deal, the biggest ever between the two countries, a report said today.
The agreement will see the Indian Air Force buy 10 C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft that are expected to replace the ageing fleet of Russian Ilyushin IL-76, the The Economic Times newspaper said, without citing sources.
The deal, which is in its final stages, is likely to be signed in November when US President Barack Obama visits India.
In February, New Delhi announced a $32bn (£20.43bn) defence budget, a four per cent increase on 2009, when spending was hiked by a quarter as the country seeks to modernise its armed forces.
A top air force official earlier stated that India’s air force is just a third the size of rival China’s and far short of the aircraft required to meet the security challenges facing the country.
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