India's defense budget for 2013-14 was a more modest expansion than the double-digit increases of previous years, reflecting slower economic growth. However, the budget is nonetheless heading toward the $50 billion mark, including an estimated $15 billion on new air platforms (for the air force and navy) in the next two years. The air force's Long-Term Integrated Perspective Plan 2002-17 moves it toward its government-approved target of 42 squadrons by 2022, up from the current 34, ...

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