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Friday, February 17, 2017

Russia, India Yet to Agree on S-400 Battalion Numbers to Be Delivered – Rostec

The general agreement on supplying India with S-400 system was reached during an October meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the BRICS summit in Goa.

No, because only preliminary consultations are ongoing so far. Contract negotiations will begin when the framework of the project is given, Victor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Department, said.

The S-400 Triumf is Russias next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. The weapon is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles.

Deliveries of Russias S-400 air defense systems to India can begin two to three years after signing the contract, Kladov added.

It is impossible to talk about timing for now, everything will depend on the Almaz-Antey manufacturing enterprises workload, because supplies to the Russian Defense Ministry are carried out first. But based on the experience of implementing these countries, the delivery could begin within two to three years after signing, Kladov told reporters.

Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Deputy Director Vladimir Drozhzhov told Sputnik on Tuesday that the S-400 Triumf delivery contract is expected to be signed by the end of 2017.

Also, according to Kladov, Russia will take part in the development of Indias fifth-generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) project.

We will certainly take part in this project. Once we see the terms of reference, we will determine the aircraft that will participate in the tender. We can offer the latest modernization of the MiG-31, MiG-35, the brand new PAK FA and the modernized version of the Su-30MKI, Kladov told reporters.

Source: Sputnik