Kremlin Says, India, Russia To Sign Deal For S400 Air Defence System This Week

Kremlin Says, India, Russia To Sign Deal For S400 Air Defence System This Week

Kremlin Says, India, Russia To Sign Deal For S400 Air Defence System This Week 

New Delhi: A multi-billion-dollar S-400 surface-to-air missile system deal will be signed by India and Russia this week. Russian president Vladimir Putin, who is visiting New Delhi on October 4-5 for the annual India-Russia summit, will be overseeing, the signing of the deal for Moscow's most advanced air defence system, a top Kremlin aide said.

Vladimir Putin's top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov said, "The key feature of this visit will be the signing of the agreement to deliver S-400 air defence systems," as quoted by news agency AFP. 

"The value of the contract will be more than $5 billion," Mr Ushakov added.

Last month, the US had warned against the deal, saying it would be considered as a "significant transaction" and has a potential for imposing tough US sanctions.

The President of the United States, Donald Trump had last month signed an executive order, paving the way for slapping crippling sanctions on countries and foreign entities and individuals violating the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

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The US imposed sanctions on China, following the signing of the order, an Equipment Development Department under China's Ministry of Defence and its director Li Shangfu for purchasing Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missile.

New Delhi is planning to purchase five S-400 Triumf missile air defence systems from Russia. Since 2007, the S-400 missile system has been in service and is powerful enough to track some 300 targets and shoot down around three dozen targets simultaneously over a range of 400 kilometres. The radar's sensitive system are said to be strong enough 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.

During the Russian President's visit, a separate deal to supply four frigates to India may also be signed.

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