Apart from the India-France Rafale deal, here is another crucial air-missile deal that is going to happen to India very soon, as the Russian President is about to step down in India in the coming week.
The Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to New Delhi on October 4 and 5 to take part in the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit, according to the recent reports of Ministry of External Affairs.
During the visit, President Putin is reportedly expected to hold official talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Especially, they will focus on the air-missile system, the S-400 deal.
For the uninitiated, in 2016 October, Prime Minister Modi signed a deal worth of Rs. 39,000 crore with the Russian President to purchase Moscow’s most advanced air defence system, the S-400.
Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov stated that it is up to India to decide what kind of weapons it wants and how to proceed with the military deals signed in 2015.
“As for the other deals which are being negotiated, I have not heard anything about the timing, postponement, about putting anything on hold, and I understand that India will take sovereign decision on how to proceed and what kind of weapons India needs, stated Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly or UNGA.
The S-400 missile system can track around 300 targets and shoot down around the three dozens of target areas, simultaneously over a range of 400 kilometres. The sensitive radars of the system are thought to be able to detect even stealth aircraft which present a very small radar cross-section and are often impossible for other systems to track.
Talking about the deal, when Mr. Lavrov was questioned whether Russia would be more thorough in following rules for their defense deal with India after the Rafale row, Lavrov denied any knowledge of the controversy over the India-France Rafale deal issue that India signed with France’s Dassault Aviation.
The 19th India-Russia summit is also expected to focus on India following up acquiring five S-400 missile systems, four projects 11,356 frigates, 48 MI-17V-5 helicopters and 200 ka-226T helicopters from Russia.