Is India finally veering away from Russian-made aircraft?

India has maintained a steadfast defense trading relationship with Russia since the latter launched a brutal invasion of Ukraine a year ago despite the incessant pressure from the West. Nonetheless, its ties with the United States remain intact and will likely solidify as New Delhi highly considers acquiring the fifth-generation American stealth fighter aircraft, the F-35 Lightning II.

A US official recently announced that American defense giant Lockheed Martin has moved to the “early stages” of negotiation for the said deal shortly after Washington tried to discourage New Delhi from buying more defense-related equipment from Moscow.