“In certain sectors such as combat aircraft, with the exception of certain parts like engines, China is able to put together these systems largely from their own indigenous base now,” Paul Holtom, director of Sipri’s arms transfer program, said by phone.
Incidentally that "certain" part is one of the most important part of the fighter jet, China hasn't been able to make one even after years of "R&D" and stealing. Even till date they rely on Russian supplied engines for their "indigenous" jets so I don't see a tremendous leap by them which puts them way ahead of us in this area. Neither they have been able to make a reliable fighter engine nor we so we are equals here.
India is still struggling there.”
So is China.
About two-thirds of China’s weapons were sold to neighboring Pakistan, it said, including 50 JF-17 combat aircraft, 203 tanks and three warships.
Oh WOW so impressive !!! It's their garbage dump which is buying their weapons so impressive and a reason to dhoti shiver indeed
In the last five years, India has bought combat aircraft from Russia and the UK and recently announced a $20bn (£12bn) deal with France to buy fighter jets.
Main reason behind us topping the list and we are catching up fast with our LCA project starting to see the light of the day.
India would continue to dominate the arms-buying market, Sipri said, with major purchases still in the pipeline
True with the MMRCA, missile JV with Israel, howitzer purchases(hopefully) we are going to be on the top of the list for some time to come but the important thing is that we are not just buying stuffs here, parallel R&D programs on all critical technologies are up and running and DRDO is also taking the JV path to shorten the development time and fill the technological gap so I don't see a reason to whine about it each and every time some news like this comes up. We are playing catch up technologically and it will take some time for us to catch up, making fun of our available resources/GOI/Babus all the time is simply disgusting. Members here must also sometimes look for the facts and ground realities for a change unless the sole objective of posting is to increase the post count.
DRDO/HAL/PSU's have said it umpteen times that their first priority is to fullfill the requirements of our armed forces and then if possible look for exports, firstly we need to have a strong technological base even before we start dreaming about exports.
So do we have a strong technological base ??
Unless this NO doesn't become YES I don't see India being able to become a major arms exporter.
Also are we working towards creating a strong technological base ??
So have patience slowly thing will start to fall in place (the process has already begun LCA, Arjun, Akash etc. etc.). I think this is the decade of hardship for us after which we will become independent of arms export.