MiG-29 lost India to F/A-18, US will not use CAATSA for S-400

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WASHINGTON — As part of the House vote, India will be exempted from expected CAATSA sanctions following the delivery of the S-400 air defense system. In this context, Indian American Congressman Ro Khanna, who made a speech in the House of Representatives on the subject, said that there is no more important relationship than the US-India partnership in terms of US strategic interests.

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CAATSA is a heavily sanctioned US law that authorizes the US administration to impose sanctions on countries that buy major defense equipment from Russia in response to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Assumption of BulgarianMilitary.com

BulgarianMilitary.com makes the following assumption: India will not be sanctioned through CAATSA by Washington for the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense batteries because New Delhi will choose the F/A-18 Super Hornet as the main naval combat aircraft of the Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.

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BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the US and Boeing in particular have invested significant funds in recent years to upgrade the F/A-18 Super Hornet for the Indian Air Force, firstly the F/A-18 was able to take off from a ski slope type runway, and secondly: An F/A-18 officially took off from a short runway with a payload of two AGM-84 Harpoon missiles, thus fulfilling the Indian Navy’s requirement.

The Russian MiG-29K/KUB, the F/A-18 Super Hornet, and the French Dassault Rafale-M are participating in the tender for a new fighter jet for the Indian Navy. Although India has been buying mainly weapons from France and Russia in recent years, the US is trying to take a piece of the Russian share of the Indian market. The fact that India waited for the US to upgrade its F/A-18 Super Hornet to requirements means that New Delhi is likely to choose the Boeing machine, having agreed with Washington not to be sanctioned through CAATSA.

Five S-400 Triumph batteries

India decided to buy the S-400 anti-missile system from Russia in September 2018 at an estimated cost of $5.43 billion. The United States has said India must cancel the deal with Russia or face sanctions.

Ro Khanna’s statement on the general relationship between India and the US highlighted that sometimes the relationship is confronted by Russia and Iran. However, Ro Khanna said that India-US relations are flexible enough. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in April that the US has not yet decided on possible sanctions or exemptions to India under the CATSAA law over its purchase of the S-400 missile defense system from Russia.

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In this context, India expects the American government to waive the sanctions that will be imposed on it due to the delivery of the S-400 from Russia. In 2021, as reported by ANI News, the Indian Air Force began actively using the S-400 Triumph anti-missile system battery in Punjab, India.

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