As Russian President Vladimir Putin is in India, the two nations have finally inked the $5 billion (Rs 39000 crore) S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems deal along with 8 other pacts that covers India’s manned space mission , defying the possibility of US sanctions.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seem to be enjoying the rapport by irking US, China and Pakistan in one go – the finalization of S-400 air defence deal. On Friday, both Putin and Modi held the India-Russia annual summit during which, the five billion dollar Triumf missile deal was signed – disregarding the concerns from the Americans through CAATSA about the sanctions on any country that makes defence purchase of “significant” missile systems from or with Russia, North Korea and Iran.
The S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile squadrons is Russia’s most advanced air defence system that is capable of knocking down jets, missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles at a range of 400km. For India, the addition of S-400 will be a “booster shot” in the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) arm as India needs to be well equipped considering the land border tensions. With this, India will be the third nation to have had the government-to-government deal of Russian lethal missiles after China and Turkey.
Besides the mega deal, Modi and Putin inked down eight other pacts that focuses on strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation between India and Russia. These pacts covers fields like space, nuclear energy, railways and space – under which, Russia will now cooperate and contribute to make India’s ambitious and first-ever human space mission Gaganyaan, a success. Also, both countries have pledged to fight together against terrorism and trafficking globally.