India will sign a $5 billion deal to buy S-400 air defence systems during Russian President Putin’s India visit

India will sign a $5 billion deal to buy S-400 air defence systems during Russian President Putin’s India visit

Courtesy : Agencies04/10/2018 08:08

India pushed for a special waiver when US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo ca last month.

NEW DELHI: It’s now official. India will sign a $5 billion deal to buy S-400 air defence systems during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi this week, a top Kremlin aide confirmed on Tuesday.

“The President is leaving for India on October 4. The key feature will be the signing of the agreement to deliver S-400 air defence systems,” Putin’s top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov told reporters in Moscow.

The deal will be inked despite the US indicating it could attract sanctions, shortly after it imposed similar curbs on Chinese firms buying Russian Su-35 fighter planes and one S-400 air defence system. The sanctions are part of the action against Russia for the annexation of Crimea.

India pushed for a special waiver when US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo ca last month.

A senior Pentagon official said in August that sanctions against India would come under consideration if its purchase goes through.

India has signalled it will ask Washington for a special waiver from sanctions, though a US official last week said there is no guarantee it would do so.

Meanwhile, Putin will get a gift of three flight-worthy made in india MIG21 fighter jets when he visits New Delhi.

What is the s-400 Trimuf?

S-400 Trimuf can engage all type of aerial targets such as aircraft, ballistic and cruise missiles,unmanned areial vehicles, which are within the range of 400 Km, at an altitude of up to 30 km. S-400 is an upgrade of the s-300 series of missile system put in a place for the defence of Moscow. India and Russia have been discussing the purchase of s-400 since 2015.

The missile system integrates a multifunction radar,autonomous detection and targeting systems, anti- aircraft missile systems, launchers and command and control centre. It can provide a layered defence as it is capable of firing three type of missiles.

 

 

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