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  • Writer's picturePrabhat Phonedekar

India Balances Powers: Plans to Purchase Missile Systems from US and Russia Amidst Tensions

According to them, the Russian Klub missile has long been one of the weapon systems imported by the Indian Navy and is installed on both its surface warships and submarines. The Indian Navy's purchase of the Harpoon missile system is anticipated to cost in the neighbourhood of USD 80 million through a foreign military sales route. The sale of India's the Harpoon Joint Common Test Set (JCTS) and associated equipment has already received approval from the US Congress.


In the midst of escalating tensions between the US and Russia over Ukraine, India's plan to purchase missile systems from both countries worth around USD 200 million has garnered attention.


The Indian Navy has proposed to acquire over 20 Klub anti-ship cruise missiles from Russia and equipment for the American Harpoon anti-ship missile system.


The Klub missile, which is already equipped on both surface warships and submarines of the Indian Navy, has been one of the most important weapon systems for a long time.


On the other hand, the Harpoon missile system acquisition is expected to cost around USD 80 million under a foreign military sales route.




The US Congress has already approved the sale of the Harpoon Joint Common Test Set (JCTS) and related equipment to India.


India had requested to buy one Harpoon Joint Common Test Set (JCTS), including one Harpoon Intermediate Level maintenance station, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training, US Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.


India has traditionally been a purchaser of Russian weapon systems but has diversified its acquisitions in the last two decades, with procurement from the US and France in a big way.


In recent years, India has strengthened its ties with the US and expanded its defence cooperation. The purchase of missile systems from both the US and Russia is a testament to India's pragmatic foreign policy approach.



The geopolitical landscape in the region is complex and volatile, with China's growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region and its support for Pakistan.


India has been enhancing its naval capabilities to counter China's expanding naval presence in the region.


The acquisition of missile systems from both the US and Russia is part of India's strategy to maintain a balance of power in the region.


India's purchase of missile systems from both the US and Russia is also a reflection of the changing global order.


In recent years, the US has been promoting the Indo-Pacific strategy to counter China's rising influence in the region.


Russia, on the other hand, has been expanding its strategic partnerships with countries in the region, including China and India.


India's purchase of missile systems from both countries reflects the country's desire to maintain strategic autonomy and pursue a balanced foreign policy.



India's decision to purchase missile systems from both the US and Russia is a pragmatic foreign policy approach to maintain a balance of power in the region.


The acquisition of missile systems from both countries is also a reflection of the changing global order and India's desire to pursue a balanced foreign policy.


As India strengthens its naval capabilities, it will play a crucial role in maintaining stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region.






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