The Indian parade that hosted a US President for the first time began and ended with military equipment that remains Russian — thanks to a once strategic military partnership, though the US has since replaced Russia as the biggest arms supplier to India.
Four Mi-17 V5 choppers showered petals in the beginning; the last sortie was by a Sukhoi-30 MKIchopper. Towards the end, three US-supplied C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft and a C-17 Globemaster were flanked by Sukhoi-30 MKIs, as was the Navy’s P-8I Poseidon by MiG-29Ks. The parade also included the BrahMos.
Defence trade between India and the US crossed $10 billion last year.