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Over the last few years, Indian dependence on Russia for Military hardware and spares has come down s but it won’t diminish completely like the way Western power wants it said Defence analyst Maj Gen A.P Singh (retired).

Singh said that requirement for Russian military equipment will persist over the next 10-15 years, if not longer. India still operates a larger number of main battle tanks that are of Russian origin that include many fighter jets like Mig-21, Mig-29 and Su-30 aircraft that comprise nearly 50% of IAF’s current fleet.

Since 2011, India has reduced its reliance on Russia by some 33% and IAF is on its way to retiring Mig-21 and Mig-29 from its fleet in the next 10 years completely and will have a lone Russian type which is Su-30 till 2040.

Indian Army still operates 4000 Russian tanks both T-72 and T-90 in large numbers, while T-72 will be replaced in the next 10 years by a future main battle tank (FMBT), T-90 will continue for the next 20 years or so.