It’s official, S-400 deal done

06 October, 2018, 11:28 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin to New Delhi on Thursday

The S-400 missile defence system deal could result in United States sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

However, India is hoping to get a waiver from the United States on the grounds that it needs the missiles for its self defence keeping in view the fragile security situation in the South Asian region.

The two countries are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will facilitate collaboration in the field of science and technology between India's Atal Innovation Mission and Russia's Creative School, SIRIUS.

The prime minister also said Russian Federation has assured India of full cooperation in India's human spaceflight programme Gaganyaan.

India has signed more than $15 billion in US defence contracts since 2008, including for C-130J and C-17 transport aircraft, P-8I maritime patrol aircraft, Harpoon missiles and Apache and Chinook helicopters. But the tussle over the Russian missile system represents a case of conflicting priorities.

Russian Federation "reiterated its unwavering support to India for permanent membership in an expanded UN Security Council" and for India joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group of countries controlling access to nuclear technology, a joint statement said.

"There was a discussion with President Putin on how we implemented the GST". However, the two sides failed to conclude two other major deals, for Stealth frigates and assault rifles, that were reportedly ready, as officials said further negotiations were needed.

Putin said he has invited Modi to be the main guest at the next Eastern Economic Forum, which was set up to encourage foreign investment in the far eastern regions of Russian Federation.

It can shoot down aircraft and missiles at a range of 400 kilometers (about 250 miles).

Now the crucial question is whether President Trump will grant a waiver to India for the purchase of the S-400.

The S-400 is an upgraded version of the S-300 systems. India's purchasing of the Russian weapons system effectively forces the Trump administration to choose between punishing Delhi - and destroy the fledgling defense relationship - or granting the country an exemption, weakening the effect of the sanctions and opening up the U.S. to accusations of favoritism.

The S-400s are expected to be fully integrated with the Indian Air Force's IACCS (integrated air command and control system), an automated command and control system for air defense, which integrates the service's air and ground-based air sensors and weapons systems.

Both the sides "reaffirmed their commitment to enhance military technical cooperation between India and Russian Federation, which has a long history of mutual trust and mutual benefit", the joint statement read. Waivers of CAATSA section 231 will be considered on a transaction-by-transaction basis. - President Vladimir Putin sought on Thursday to nail down billions of dollars worth of arms deals with India, as New Delhi walks a tightrope between Moscow and Washington with a wary eye on China.



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