Russia, India to sign S-400 missile deal this week

The signing of a deal for Russia's S-400 Triumf air defence system is the key feature of the visit.

Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who appear to enjoy a personal rapport, are also likely to discuss a deal for four Krivak-class frigates worth $2bn and 200 light utility Ka-226 helicopters pegged at $1bn.

Moreover, the Pentagon has warned India that the purchase would violate US sanctions against Russia's military that went into effect this year.

The second wave of sanctions that would hit in November would be meant to bring Iran's oil exports to zero, as United States officials have already acknowledged. For months, there have been indications from New Delhi that it will sign the deal notwithstanding the U.S. sanctions.

The official emphasized that the ultimate target of these sanctions was Russian Federation.

The deal comes despite warnings from the Pentagon that India would run afoul of US sanctions against Russia's military and defense sector if it purchased the sophisticated weapon systems.

Russian Federation has been one of India's key suppliers of arms and ammunition. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep.

"Also India's Air Force's strength has weakened owing to acquisition problems".

It is to be said that the S-400 missile system is one of the most advanced warfare technology in the world today. So the Russian S-400s are being seen as a good solution.

Analysts say the visit and the likely conclusion of some military deals will likely give a boost to India's ties with Moscow, which had become cooler in recent years as Russian Federation developed closer ties with rival China. Moscow is now expanding India's biggest nuclear power plant in Kudankulam.

India is expected to receive the first S-400 regiment two years after the signing date of the contract.

Russian Federation is still India's biggest arms supplier, and the two have had warm ties since Stalin died in 1953. India reportedly plans to deploy the missiles to its borders with China and Pakistan.

The last annual summit was held on 1 June, 2017, during the visit of the prime minister to Russian Federation. Putin's image as an avid sportsman is also on display throughout the year, with photos of him wielding a shooting range pistol, playing hockey, horseback riding and cycling along a wooded road.

  • Rogelio Becker