Defence Minister Rajnath Singh who headed to Moscow early today will be requesting Russia for the urgent supply of spares and associated equipment to India for its fighter planes, submarines and battle tanks and that too via airways instead of sea route.
The escalated tension with China over boundary issue has forced India to build up defence equipment. Rajnath Singh is on a three-day visit to Russia to deepen the India-Russia defence and strategic partnership.
“During the visit, the Defence Minister will take up the issue of urgent supply of equipment and spares needed for the Russian-origin fighter aircraft including the Su-30MKIs and MiG-29s of the Air Force and the MiG29Ks of the Indian Navy, the T-90 battle ranks for the Army and the Kilo-class submarines of the Navy along with other warships,” government sources told ANI.
“Now based on our old relations and ties with the Russians, the Defence Minister will request them to send these items to us through the air route so that we can get it urgently in the present situation,” they said.