MOSCOW, (BM) – By the end of 2024, Russia will supply India with all the contracted S-400 air defense systems, said Dmitry Shugaev, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTS) in an interview with Interfax, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“The implementation of the contract is on schedule. The delivery of the first regiment set is scheduled before the end of 2021. We plan to deliver all systems before the end of 2024,” he said.
“I do not exclude that we can do this earlier if the Indian side has a great desire, and we will have the corresponding opportunities. So far, no new input has been received from the Indian side,” said Shugaev.
According to him, under the contract, the localization of production in India is not provided.
“This question did not arise, the goal of our partners was to acquire and quickly deploy this perfect air defense system, which has a long range, is able to effectively close the country’s airspace,” said Shugaev.
It was officially reported that at the beginning of October 2018, on the sidelines of the Russian-Indian negotiations at the highest level, a contract was signed for the supply of S-400 Triumph air defense systems to India (Almaz-Antey Concern East Kazakhstan Joint-Stock Company). India will receive five regiment sets of S-400.
Shugaev said that Russia expects to implement a number of promising projects in the military-technical cooperation with India.
“We expect that by the end of this year we will implement a contract for the organization of licensed production of AK-203 assault rifles in India. We also hope that the Igle-S contract for the supply and organization of licensed production in India will be implemented,” the FSMTS director said Of Russia.
According to him, additional supply of India MiG-29UPG is not ruled out. Russia will certainly participate in the Indian tender for 110 fighters, said Shugaev.
India recently turned to Russia for an additional supply of Ka-31 marine helicopters, the FSMTC Director of Russia said.
“We have good prospects for land. The Indians decided to purchase additional T-90S tanks. We, in turn, signed a contract to extend the license for the production of more than 400 tanks until 2028. This, by the way, is one of the brightest examples of how it works Make in India program. By the way, we started implementing it long before it became an official political trend,” said Shugaev.
“By sea, we have good chances of participating in tenders for the construction of submarines with an air-independent power plant, and we will offer a marine version of the Ka-226 for the upcoming helicopter tender,” he said.
“We are waiting for a tender for 12 anti-mine ships, we will participate in it with our modern Alexandrite-E. We expect that the victory will be ours. After all, we already have a fairly large contract on frigates of project 11356. And indeed we are serious and long We have been cooperating with the Indians on maritime issues for years,” said the director of the FSVTS of Russia.
The deal to acquire Russian S-400 missile systems from India is turning out to be the second major failure of the United States in the last few months, after Turkey also ignored President Donald Trump’s demands and bought Russian missile systems.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the United States urged New Delhi on January 2020 not to purchase Russian S-400 missile defense systems, otherwise India would face a “risk of sanctions”.
This was announced in the US State Department, noting that India is not immune to Washington’s sanctions on a deal with Moscow, just like Turkey, which is under threat from US sanctions on a similar deal.
The State Department emphasized that “any punitive measures” against New Delhi will be taken in accordance with the law on counteracting the enemies of America on the basis of the sanctions law, signed in 2017.
However, it seems that India has no intention of paying attention to US threats, as Turkey did a while ago.
All of this undermines the image of the United States over the years and questions the effectiveness of “economic sanctions” policy on countries with a relatively large military budget.
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