Russia has agreed to fast track the deliveries of S-400 LR-ADS (Long Range Air Defence System) to India. Deliveries to begin by the end of 2020 instead of Oct 2021 as it was previously scheduled, the Kommersant business daily reported on Friday.
The agreement to fast track defence equipments was the main result of the visit to Moscow of the head of the Ministry of Defense of India, Rajnath Singh.
After the negotiations in Moscow, Delhi expects that the first S-400 system will be delivered to the country by the end of this year. The delivery of LR ADA as a whole will be completed in 2024.
“If this scenario is realized, then we will see the first installation of the S-400 at the military parade on the occasion of the Republic Day of India, which will be held on the main avenue of the Indian capital Rajpatth on January 26 next year. This system will become our silver bullet against enemies,”an Indian military source told Kommersant.
India also shown desire to purchase 21 MiG-29 fighters and 12 Su-30MKI fighters from Russia but the contract is yet to be signed, but the negotiations has been intensifies.
“My discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Yury Borisov very positive and productive. I have been assured that ongoing contracts will be maintained and not just maintained, in a number of cases will be taken forward in a shorter time” India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted on Tuesday.
My discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Yury Borisov very positive and productive. I have been assured that ongoing contracts will be maintained and not just maintained, in a number of cases will be taken forward in a shorter time.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) June 23, 2020
S-400 and 33 fighter jets will definitely help to neutralise any threats to India in war like conditions with China & Pakistan.
Both India & China has intensified the troops building over LAC, though a de-escalation talks continues between both the country but no desired outcome achieved.
As of now, Chinese officials had not commented on the weapons acceleration to India but People’s Daily newspaper (the official printed publication of the Communist Party of China) wrote in the Russian language “If Russia wants to soften the hearts of both the Chinese and Indians, it is best not to supply India with weapons at sensitive moments. Two Asian powers are Russia’s very close strategic partners.”