India will be able to purchase the Russian S-400 Air Defence System without fear of United States sanctions following a waiver granted under the US National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA).
Further, India may have negotiated an attractive price for the system bringing it below US$5.6 billion (INR38000 crore approx) a price which is lower than the earlier reported price band of INR40,000—INR45000 crore (US$ 5.8 billion-US$6.5 bilion approx).
A source familiar with the developments told Defenseworld.net, “under the Intergovernmental Agreement signed in 2016 by Russian President Putin and Indian PM Modi, India will be getting five regiments of the S-400 system and will have its officers trained to operate and maintain the system. A delegation from India visited Russia for trials in 2017 and the field evaluation last summer proved a complete success. The technical negotiations have been settled. Now the price is also agreed upon. It will be under US$5.6 billion.”
The US senate on Wednesday passed the NDAA bill that seeks to waive sanction against India, Vietnam and Indonesia under the Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) that threatens secondary sanctions against countries which conduct “significant” business with Russia.
While Indian defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has refused to acknowledge CAATSA stating that India only follows United Nations sanctions, a problem would have arisen in financial settlements as dollar payments to be made by India to Russia would need to go through the US financial system which could then have blocked the payment.
The source said that early signing of the purchase deal would ensure that India gets its S-400 system within a reasonable timeframe. With current production committed for deliveries to China and Turkey and negotiations on with Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Iraq, India may be pushed down the line if any one of the three countries in question signs up before India.
India will get the S-400 Triumph mobile multichannel air defense missile system to protect its borders from potential regional threats coming from neighboring countries.
According to information from the S-400 manufacurer, Almaz –Antey, the system is designed to engage strategic aircraft with airborne long-range missiles, tactical ballistic missiles, medium-range ballistic missiles, aircraft jammers, early-warning and reconnaissance aircraft, reconnaissance aircraft and other air attack vehicles in a heavy ECM environment.
The system is capable of engaging targets both independently and in cooperation with higher command posts or external radar data sources. In terms of engaging and destroying aviation targets S-400 hardly has any comparable analogues around the globe. It can locate targets at 600 km and shoot at a distance of up to 400 km.
China will reportedly test the newly acquired Russia-made S-400 Air Defence Systems for the first time next month, TASS reports Friday. "It is planned that in late July-early August the unit of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army, which underwent training in Russia, will carry out the firing against a simulated ballistic target at a Chinese firing ground," a military and diplomatic source was quoted as saying by the Russian media outlet
India has rejected a United States delegation's demand that it should not buy the S-400 air defence system from Russia in view of Washington's Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). "We have told the US Congress delegation [that visited India] that this is US law and not a UN law," The Tribune reported quoting Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharman Friday
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