India will likely seal the deal for purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems during the Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s first visit to Moscow in the early week of April, Economic Times reports.
In December 2015, the Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC) cleared the game-changing acquisition of the S-400 systems, which later led to inking of inter-governmental agreement for five S-400 systems on October 2016.
With long-range radars to track 100 to 300 targets simultaneously, the S-400 has different kinds of supersonic and hypersonic missiles to intercept incoming aerial threats at different ranges. India is mainly going in for long-range (120-370-km) interception missiles.
Meanwhile, the visit will also yield in discussions on proposed bilateral collaboration on the development of a fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), in addition to talks on spare parts, maintenance, upgradation and ammunition for Russian-made defence systems. The defense minister will also participate in the Moscow international security conference.
India and Russia are discussing final contract negotiations for acquisition of five advanced S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems worth $5.5 billion (INR 39,000 cr)
The Indian Air Force has completed trials of Russian S-400 air defense missile systems. Price negotiations are likely to start soon
India and Russia have adopted a strategy framed by them for defence cooperation on Friday to concretize deals on frigates, S-400 air defence missile system and Kamov helicopters. India's Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, who is in Russia this week, co-chaired the 17th meeting of the India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) on Friday with his Russian counterpart, General Sergei Shoigu
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