India had signed a 5.43-billion deal to purchase five S-400s, Russia’s most innovative long-range surface-to-air missile defense system, in October last year regardless of the chance of US sanctions under Countering America’s Adversaries During Sanctions Act (CAATSA). CAATSA affects, among other items, making payments in US dollars.
As stated by the state-run Tass news agency file, the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation started in June this year the delivery of this S-400 into India is intended to begin after 2020 and”problems with payment have already been solved.
“The progress payment was received, and everything is going to be sent in strict compliance with the program, within approximately 18-19 months,” Borisov stated, based on state-owned broadcaster Rossiya-1.
Senior Trump government officials had cautioned India the S-400 deal might bring in sanctions under CAATSA legislation that limits defense buys from Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
Chinese army service was sanctioned under CAATSA at 2018 for purchasing S-400s and Turkey; a NATO ally was advised it’ll be denied F-35s, the most advanced fighter jets at the armory of this military alliance, even if it went forward with its S-400 purchases.
India has stated previously that it matches the standards for a waiver against US sanctions on the agreement with Russia for its S-400 platform and New Delhi can’t”wish away” its longstanding defense relations with Moscow. In addition, it has advised the US that it doesn’t mean to give up the price of purchasing Russian-made systems.
Back in June, external affairs minister S Jaishankar advised his American counterpart Mike Pompeo at New Delhi that India will proceed by its own national interest whilst dealing with different nations, such as with sanctions-hit Russia from whom New Delhi is procuring the S-400 missile defense systems.
The S-400 missile program is capable of engaging targets individually and after receiving information from different radars.
It’s ground-based also it could detect, track, and take down multiple targets such as cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, aircraft, drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The whole system is made up of multifunction radar, autonomous detection, and targeting methods, anti-aircraft missile systems, launchers, command, and control center.