Russia started production of five S-400 air defense systems for India

MOSCOW (GDC) – The production of S-400 air defense systems for India has begun, learned GDC citing deputy foreign minister of Russia.

And this despite the US threats to impose sanctions on any country that buys from the Russian defense sector under CAATSA (Countering America’s Opponents through the Sanctions Act).

Deputy Ambassador of Russia to India, speaking on Friday, January 17, at a press conference in the capital, said that the production of five S-400 missile defense systems for New Delhi had begun. Under a contract signed in 2018, Russia is supposed to supply India with five S-400 systems by a total value of more than $ 5 billion by 2025.

Despite the threat of US sanctions on the purchase of S-400 missile systems from Russia, India agreed to a deal. Russia will fulfill its contract for the supply of S-400 missile systems to India, as it has already received the first advance. This was announced in November 2019 by the CEO of Rostec State Corporation Sergey Chemezov.

In December 2019, the Indian Ministry of Defense announced that it was preparing to deploy Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems in 2020.

The US urged India to consider US platforms instead, to increase interoperability between Indian and American forces. In December 2019, after India and the U.S. signed an industrial safety application, a U.S. State Department official suggested that India purchase U.S. weapons systems, not Russian S-400s.

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