After the annual summit talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in New Delhi today, India and Russia signed a pact worth Rs.40,000 crore, where Russia will sell five advanced S-400 Triumf surface to air missile squadrons, amidst pressure from the US with a wield threat of imposing financial sanctions, agency report said.
An upgraded version of the S-300 systems, the new S-400 missile system, made by Almaz-Antey has been in service with the Russian defence as early as 2007. The new systems, which have a plethora of supersonic and hypersonic missiles and long range radars to track 100 to 300 targets in tandem, the S-44 systems can be deployed in various cities in order to protect during war. These missile systems can also be deployed at vital installations such as nuclear power plants, once India inducts these missiles. Apparently, the strategy is to fully integrate the S-400 systems with IAF‘s air defence network, Integrated Air Command and Control System or IACCS, which combines a slew of sensors and weapons in order to enhance their lethality, in addition to plugging gaps in India’s airspace. India is buying these missile systems at a time when China had already taken efforts to induct six S-400 batteries, which is designated the SA-21 Growler by NATO, under a $3 billion deal signed in 2014.
The US has cautioned that the nations having deal with defence and intelligence sectors of Russia would by default face sanctions under a sweeping legislation, known as Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA that President of the US, Donald Trump signed into last August. Apparently, the the law is designed to punish Putin for the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, involvement in the Syrian civil war in addition to the meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.