Possible US sanctions over the S-400 purchase have worried India

NEW DELHI, (BM) – Possible US sanctions over the S-400 purchase have worried India. The India’s multibillion-dollar deal to buy Russia’s S-400 air defense system could trigger US sanctions on New Delhi, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. This information states in the US Congress Research Service (CRS) report, which writes the Indian newspaper Mint.

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CRS is an independent, bipartisan research wing of Congress. The CRS reports are not an official report of the US Congress and do not represent the congressmen’s views. Independent experts prepare them to help legislators make informed decisions.

The document notes that New Delhi “is committed to greater technology exchange and co-production of initiatives,” while the US is calling for further India reforms. The Americans propose concentrating on defense financing and imposing higher restrictions on foreign direct investment in this sector.

The report, prepared for Congress members, warned that New Delhi’s multibillion-dollar deal to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system could cause US restrictions on India under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

In October 2018, India signed a $ 5 billion deal with Russia to buy five S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, despite a warning from US President Donald Trump that the continuation of the contract could lead to sanctions. In 2019, New Delhi paid Russia the first tranche of about $ 800 million.

Last month, Russia said that ongoing defense deals with India, including the delivery of a shipment of S-400 missile systems, are progressing well, despite the threat of US sanctions.

Earlier, the Indian edition of ThePrint published an article in which the author claims that Russia has stopped supplying the S-400 to China due to a contract with New Delhi. According to the media, the Russian Federation will increase its influence in South Asia, even if the PRC’s leadership does not take such actions very favorably.

First Indian S-400 air defense system goes into service in 2021

The first complex of the S-400 Triumph air defense system will arrive in India in 2021, as we reported on August 24, 2020, according to a statement by the press secretariat of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation. “The duration of the contract has been discussed in detail with Indian partners. The delivery of the first regiment is expected by the end of 2021,” said Vorobyova, a member of the Federal Service.

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We remind you that the United States is trying its best to oppose such action by India. Washington threatens New Delhi with economic sanctions. However, India has repeatedly stated that it will not allow external forces to interfere in the country’s defense and armaments. Do you remember such statements? Yes, Turkish President Erdogan said exactly the same thing almost a year and a half ago, in exactly the same situation – Turkey had already paid for the systems and was just waiting for delivery.

According to Vorobyova, accelerating the delivery of the first complex to India is impossible for technical reasons, and the prospects for faster delivery of the next batch should be discussed with Indian colleagues. It will be recalled that it was previously announced that during the negotiations at the highest level in 2018 a contract was signed for the supply of five sets of S-400 “Triumph”.

Russian S-400 air defense systems give India advantage over Pakistan

A Indian military expert believes that the Russian S-400 air defense systems have some advantages. According to the specialist, with the use of both combat vehicles [S-400 and French Rafale fighters – ed.], India will gain technological superiority over Pakistan. The fact is that both products have a range of destruction, which is sufficient to eliminate the aircraft of a neighbor, such as the multifunctional light fighters of the fourth generation F-16, etc., in the sky over its territory.

Rafale will strike at enemy aircraft with Meteor long-range guided missiles, the range of fire of which is 150-200 km, and the S-400 will use 40N6 with an indicator of 250 km. At the same time, the military vehicles themselves should not suffer from the Pakistani army, since their PL-12 and AIM-120C air-to-air missiles have a maximum range of 100 km. If we look at China, then, according to Birender Dhanoa, it is doubtful that Rafale is effectively opposing the PLA.

He explained that the Himalayan mountains lie between the two states, and they are a serious problem for line of sight. In this case, missiles with a range of at least 300-400 km can be delivered in Tibet or India, but they will work only within the line of sight.

The military expert concluded that in this situation, the S-400 air defense systems, developed to combat advanced heavy stealth aircraft, would be more useful. Journalists from the American edition of Military Watch believe that plans for Pakistan’s renewal of its aircraft fleet, which should take place with the support of the PRC [People’s Republic of China – ed.], also pose a threat to the Rafale.

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At the moment, the countries are already cooperating on the creation of the AMCA stealth fighter. However, the authors of the article argue that he will not be able to challenge the S-400 air defense system.

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