New Delhi: India has started receiving S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems from Russia despite the threat of US sanctions. According to reports, the defence system will become operational in India by January or February next year.
The deliveries have come ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s scheduled visit to India on December 6 for a bilateral meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Reportedly, some components of missile systems have started arriving in India but all key parts are yet to reach here.
It should be noted that India had signed a $5 billion deal with Russia in October 2018 to five units for S-400 missile systems, despite a warning from the then Trump administration that going ahead with the contract may invite US sanctions.
The US has already imposed sanctions on Turkey under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for purchasing S-400 missile systems from Russia.
The CAATSA, which was brought in 2017, provides for punitive actions against any country engaged in transactions with Russian defence and intelligence sectors.
Although the Biden administration is yet to comment on India’s deal with Russia, there are still apprehensions that Washington may impose similar punitive measures on India.
The S-400 is known as Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system.
Russia has been one of India’s key major suppliers of arms and ammunition.
It is learnt that India and Russia are going to firm up a number of agreements in the areas of defence, trade and investment, and science and technology at the summit between Modi and Putin.