NEW YORK - India is steering away from its traditional Russian defence equipment suppliers and the United States is eyeing a bigger slice of the pie as New Delhi pushes for a huge military buildup, according to The Washington Post. With plans to spend an estimated $100 billion on defence in the coming years, India is pushing Washington to ease limits on how much US weapons technology it can obtain as it seeks alternatives to its traditional Russian allies moves that worry its neighbours, the newspaper reported Saturday. This increase in Indias military spending is seen with rising anxiety here in Pakistan, Pakistani defence analyst Hasan-Askari Rizvi told the newspaper. As long as India builds pressure on Pakistan militarily, Pakistan wont move troops to fight the Taliban, period. In the future, there could potentially be a situation like the 1965 war between India and Pakistan, where both used American weapons against each other. The Post said India is seeking such items as 126 fighter jets and 155mm howitzers, along with reconnaissance aircraft, cargo planes, helicopters and submarines. US defence contractor Boeing is competing against Lockheed, as well as French, Russian and Swedish companies and a European consortium, for a $10 billion fighter jet deal. With its growing military footprint, India is steering away from traditional ally Russia, its main weapons supplier, and looking toward the United States to help upgrade its weapons systems and troop gear, the newspaper added. Indias expanding military ambitions, and the US role in selling this nuclear-armed nation more firepower, is starting to worry Pakistan, the report said. India also has ongoing border disputes with another Asian giant, China, which defeated it in a short 1962 war. At the US Embassy in New Delhi, defence contractors such as Northrop Grumman are sponsoring little league baseball teams, the companies names stitched onto the uniforms. About 70 percent of Indias military equipment comes from Russia, said Sitanshu Kar, a spokesman for the Indian Defence Ministry. But some Indian military officials have complained about the quality and cost of Russian equipment and have advocated a shift to US suppliers. Weve had a long-standing relationship with Russia. But thats changing now, Kar said. The country that spawned the 'Gandhian principles of nonviolence now has a shopping list that includes 126 fighter jets, 155mm howitzers, long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft, vast cargo planes used in long-distance conflicts, high-tech helicopters and deep-water submarines. Boeing is vying with Lockheed along with French, Russian and Swedish companies and a European consortium for a fighter jet deal worth about $10 billion. India is holding flight tests for the fighter jets. Lockheed and Boeing have conducted demonstration flights for Indian celebrities and defence experts. Irrespective of who wins the deal, New Delhi is requiring that at least 50 percent of the contract value be farmed out to Indian companies for goods, labour and material. After terrorist attacks in Mumbai, Indias financial capital, in November, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh vowed to overhaul the countrys intelligence service and weaponry. And he has since reiterated the pledge. We will do all that is necessary to modernize the security and intelligence services, and thats a commitment which is essential, Singh said after a budget announcement this summer. Almost every weekend, there are cocktails and closed-door presentations in the suites of New Delhis five-star hotels, hosted by retired admirals and generals from the US armed forces who now work for defence firms, such as Raytheon and Northrop Grumman.