Russia won’t be able to honour its honour its arms delivery commitments to India because of the war in Ukraine. According to the statement of the Indian Air Force. While Russia was planning to ram up its defence sector by increasing exports, the development of war has strained the plans.
An IAF representative told an Indian parliamentary committee that due to the Ukraine war a “major delivery” from Moscow “is not going to take place.”
The statement, which was made public in a report by India’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday, is the first formal denial by Indian officials following a flurry of rumours and media reports that suggested Russian capability was lacking.
“They have given us in writing that they are not able to deliver it,” the representative said, according to the report.
The press has contacted the Russian Embassy in New Delhi but did not receive a response at the time of publishing.
The report did not mention the specifics of the delivery.
The biggest ongoing delivery is the S-400 Triumf air defence system units India bought in 2018 for $5.4 billion. Three of these systems have been delivered and two more are awaited, according to the media.
IAF also depends on Russia for spares for its Su-30MKI and MiG-29 fighter jets, the mainstay of the service branch.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, declared earlier this month that a significant effort will be made to increase the country’s ability to create additional weaponry for the conflict because it was “urgently needed.”
Putin’s directive also came in response to Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner, repeatedly complaining that his mercenaries were not receiving enough ammunition during their protracted assault on the eastern city of Bakhmut.