India’s Defence Minister – Rajnath Singh – is reportedly on his way to Russia to convince them to rush delivery of the $5.2 bllion S-400 anti-missile system amid tensions with China.
The kicker is that China already has this system. In fact, it was the first foreign buyer to make a government-to-government deal with Russia in 2014. By August 2018, they had the S-400 anti-missile system in place and conducted its first test firing, according to Russian news agency TASS.
The contract between India and Russia was inked on the sidelines of the Indo-Russia annual summit in 2019. The delivery of the first batch of the Triumf-made air defence system was scheduled to reach India by the end of 2021. However, source told FE that the delivery may be delayed to as far as 2025 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
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