In the midst of a crisis facing China, India decides to buy Russian fighter planes and speed up deliveries of French Rafale

For the past few years, Beijing has multiplied provocations as part of a fait accompli policy, taking advantage of the relative diplomatic apathy of the great Western powers, led by the United States. The press regularly reports on Chinese naval deployments near Taiwan or various Japanese archipelagos. In recent times, Chinese interference in the domestic politics of Hong Kong, in violation of the 1997 retrocession agreements, also made the headlines. However, in the heart of the global health crisis, it is now on the Indian border that bloody skirmishes have taken place.

With dozens of deaths on both sides of the Line of Actual Control in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, the Sino-Indian crisis that began in May is the most serious since the conflict who had pitted the two countries in 1962. As Beijing and New Delhi continue to amass their troops in the mountains, diplomats are finding it increasingly difficult to ease tensions. In this explosive context, the Indian authorities have therefore logically accelerated the modernization of the country's armed forces. This initially involves an acceleration of military deliveries, slowed down by the pandemic, but also by the order of 33 new Russian combat aircraft: 21 MiG-29 and 12 Su-30MKI.

The Su-30MKI is the spearhead of the Indian Air Force, with around 260 units. The fact that the IAF communicates as much on the order of a single dozen devices is indicative of the lack of resources allocated in recent years to the renewal of the IAF.

A particularly tense context

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