Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Russia Loses India as Second Largest Defense Customer

Russian military analysts say that the principal reason for India's decision to develop defense cooperation with the USA lies in Russia's numerous violations in execution of contract terms with India. India was outraged when Russia delayed the modernization of the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier, as Russia did previously with the delivery of warships and submarines.
A new scandal arose several days before Clinton's visit to Delhi. It proved that Russia had sold India defective air-to-air rockets. Up to 50 percent of the rockets were reportedly defective.
Interesting that the article says that the next to go maybe the biggest, that is, China. Was reported in today's paper that there was now some doubt about the sale of Russian Su-33 carrier-borne fighters to China, (though it may be the Russians who have gone cold on this deal).

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