The apache helicopter sales were my favorite. While India operates various Russian helicopters, they opted for attack choppers from US using completely different components than the rest, and costing a fortune.
What makes me laugh even more is that this is the same US that sells billions of $$$ in offensive weaponry to Pakistan. Like F-16's, which they offered to India as well.
Yes, it is no secret that China causes issues with India at the borders. But it is also up to India to protect its own borders and put their foot down regarding territorial integrity. They seem to do it politically somewhat but not militarily. Trying to get US involved as one member here said, is showing both India's weakness as well as impartial position to create change in the world, thus they are not reliable.
China seems to have no problem putting its foot down, even against USA. Even if India's defense budget is small compared to China's, they still manage to buy lots of expensive equipment. They just gotta start showing their teeth too. If they want respect.
If US gets to sell Pakistan attack choppers, as well as upgrades to them, and then gets to sell their other attack choppers to India, well, I cant see why Russia cannot. They have given India tech transfers that US wouldnt even dare to give. Yet US is getting growth in defense deals with India.
Werewolf is right, india cant just sit on two chairs at once.