India is the world’s largest arms importer. It aims to be a big weapons dealer, too.

By Rama Lakshmi, November 16, 2014

NEW DELHI —For more than a decade, India shopped around the world in search of a deal for more than $1 billion worth of helicopters to replace about 200 of its military’s aging light-utility aircraft.

But in August, the new national­ist government surprised many when it abruptly scrapped the request for global bids to buy the helicopters in favor of manufacturing them in India instead.

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