Russia is facing economic struggles, and its military industry is suffering even without the sanctions imposed by the USA and Europe.
The war in Ukraine is having a greater impact than anticipated, particularly on the production of land platforms and combat aircraft. India has been notified by Moscow that it cannot fulfill requests for spare parts, affecting several of its platforms, including combat aircraft and helicopters.
This means that more than half of the Indian Air Force will not receive pre-planned maintenance, and the situation is likely to worsen. India is seeking help from both state-owned and private companies to address this problem. However, this will result in Russia losing out on a significant source of income from spare parts sales and maintenance.
Additionally, India will seek a license to manufacture Russian spare parts, giving it access to technologies that could allow for independent weapons development.
India is also facing a setback as Russia will not deliver the fourth battery of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, which could halt the process of building India’s air defense chain. This is particularly concerning given the geopolitical tensions in the region, with conflicts looming between China and Taiwan and India and Pakistan.