India now has the fourth-largest defence budget, according to the 2016 Jane’s Defence Budgets Report, released by research firm IHS Markit on Dec. 12. While Russia was at the fourth place last year, in 2016, it slipped to the sixth spot. The US, China, and the UK remain the top three. Source: Quartz
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