India is now the world's biggest arms buyer


Councller (250+ posts)

"The kind of purchases that India is buying, no country in the world buys. What is in the pipeline is huge" (
Jane's Defence Weekly)

India is expected to spend an estimated $80bn over the next 10 years to modernise its military [EPA]

Report says New Delhi is pushing to modernise its military in a bid to counter China and gain international clout.

India has overtaken China to become the world's largest importer of weapons, according to a Swedish think-tank that monitors global arms sales.
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute report said India was pushing ahead with plans to modernise its military in an effort to counter China's influence and gain international clout.

India's defence budget for the coming year is 1.5 trillion rupees ($32.5bn), a 40 per cent increase from two years ago. It imports more than 70 per cent of its weapons.

The report said the vast majority of those imports – 82 per cent – come from Russia, which has long been India's supplier of choice.

Its investment comes amid rising concerns about China's regional power and its designs over vital Indian Ocean shipping lanes, which New Delhi sees as part of its sphere of influence.

The government is reportedly spending billions of dollars on fighter jets and aircraft carriers to modernise its air force and navy.
Siemon Wezeman, a senior fellow at the institute, said on Monday China dropped to second place with six per cent of global imports as it continued to build up its domestic arms industry, something India has so far failed to do.

"Just from what they have already ordered, we know that in the coming few years India will be the top importer," he added.

Weapons club
On the dealers' side, the United States remains the largest arms exporter, followed by Russia and Germany, according to the report.
The Swedish institute measures arms transactions over a five-year period to take into account the long time lag between orders and delivery of arms.
There are lingering tensions over unresolved border issues between India and China, which led to war in 1962.

India also remains in its traditional faceoff with neighbouring Pakistan, with which it has fought three wars.

"India has ambitions to become first a continental and [then] a regional power," Rahul Bedi, a South Asia analyst with London-based Jane's Defence Weekly, told The Associated Press. "To become a big boy, you need to project your power."

India is expected to spend $80bn over the next decade to upgrade its military.

Besides Russia, other countries pushing for a chunk of the lucrative market include Britain, the United States and France who have finalised deals worth billions of dollars for trainer and fighter jets, transport aircraft, an aircraft carrier and submarines.

"The kind of purchases that India is buying, no country in the world buys," added Bedi of Jane's Defence Weekly. "What is in the pipeline is huge."

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Voter (50+ posts)
This is the height of corruption. It is all done for getting kick backs. Indian government is very corrupt. This congress government is not only corrupt , but worse of all doesn't have vision. Country with such extreme poverty can't afford to waste a single doller on these luxuries. Poverty and unequality are are by far the biggest challenge for India as nation. India doesn;t have any powerful enemy as such. Sure Pakistan can be nuisance but not a real threat. Much better use would have been following:
1) Building new and refurbishing 10 million schools.
2) Building 100 million toilets.
3) Building and refurbishing 1000 hospitals.
4) Investing and relying on indigenous defense technologies which at least creates employment.
5) Investing on infrastructure and transport.
6) Solving problem with begging and slums...
7) Cleaning rivers, planting trees, protecting wildlife and doing something for natural as well as urban environment.
oh what a waste......

Star Gazer

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
This should be an eye opener for all the naive Pakistany friends including Mr. Hoodbhai what to expect in the future and hopefully they will stop clobbering the nation over how much we spend on our defence and all the blah.
Even if india claims that it is countering China we have fought more wars with india than china and that is not without a reason.
Lets not pretend that india will not take a low blow at us as soon as it gets the opportunity and lets be prepared for it. Secondly who is to stop india if it decides to turn its $80 billion worth of ammunition on Pakistan lets say, out of frustration? Does any one think that some country in this whole wide world is going to stand up to that? Lets not even speak of the muslim countries, they are the lamest, most selfish, tyrinical and ignorent set of rulers that I know of, so they are out of the question and what about the west? who do you think will come to our defence? no one and rest assured about that !
There is no denying the importance of education but it is a matter of survival and that becomes the priority for some time.


Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Those who think that Pak military doesn't do anything for the nation should shut their mouth unless they take a bullet on the chest first!. No Arab or Muslim nation will come to our aid so we need to defend ourselves, by and large the Pak military is much more secretive in its purchases so there is no need for us to be intimidated.

India also imports this much because as stated in the report it hardly produces anything of quality itself!. Delivery of such weaponary takes years and many orders are cancelled too, lets not worry about what will happen in the next decade!