India moves towards acquiring Russian S-400 missile systems despite US opposition
NEW DELHI: India is now swiftly moving towards acquiring five advanced S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems from Russia despite the looming threat of US sanctions, with the defence ministry clearing the decks for the proposed Rs 39,000 crore deal.
Top sources say the defence acquisitions council (DAC), chaired by minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Thursday, approved the “minor deviations” in the mega S-400 deal that had emerged during the recently-concluded commercial negotiations with Russia.
“The S-400 procurement case will now go to the finance ministry for clearance and the PM-led Cabinet Committee on Security for the final nod. The country’s top political leadership will have to take a call on when the actual contract can be inked,” said a source.
The DAC was held just a day after the US on Wednesday night once again cancelled the inaugural “two-plus-two” dialogue between foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and defence minister Sitharaman with their American counterparts— Mike Pompeo and Jim Mattis— which was slated for July 6 in Washington.
TOI was the first to report in October 2015 that India had kicked off plans to acquire the S-400 missile systems + , which can detect, track and destroy hostile strategic bombers, stealth fighters, spy planes, missiles and drones at a range of up to 400km and altitude of 30km, in what was being touted as a game-changing military acquisition.
《印度时报》在2015年10月就报道过印度已开始计划收购S - 400导弹系统，该系统可以探测、跟踪和摧毁方圆400公里、海拔30公里以内的敌方战略轰炸机、隐形战机、间谍飞机、导弹和无人机军队，被视为可以改变游戏规则的收购。
Subsequently, the inter-governmental agreement for the five S-400 systems was inked during the Modi-Putin summit at Goa in October 2016. Even as India and Russia were putting the finishing touches on the complex S-400 contract ahead of the next Modi-Putin summit in October this year + , Washington jumped into the fray to warn New Delhi against going ahead with the deal.
India and Russia have worked on a roadmap to get around the financial sanctions flowing out of the recent US law called CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act) that seeks to deter countries from buying Russian weapons.
As earlier reported by TOI, New Delhi and Moscow have new military projects worth over $12 billion hanging in the balance, as also the entire question of maintaining the huge inventory of Russian-origin weapon systems in the Indian armed forces.
Under the proposed S-400 deal, the IAF will get the first S-400 squadron, with its battle-management system of command posts and launchers, acquisition and engagement radars, and all-terrain transporter-erector-launcher vehicles, 24 months after the final contract is inked. All the five squadrons, with two firing units each, will come in 60 months.
Once India inducts the highly-mobile and automated S-400 systems, which have different kinds of supersonic and hypersonic missiles as well as long-range radars to track 100 to 300 targets simultaneously, they can be used to protect cities during war or vital installations like nuclear power plants.
The plan is to fully integrate the S-400 systems with the IAF’s air defence network called IACCS (integrated air command and control system), which combines a wide array of sensors and weapons, to further enhance their lethality and plug gaps in the country’s airspace. , incidentally, has already begun to induct six S-400 batteries, which is designated the `SA-21 Growler’ by NATO, under a $3 billion deal inked in 2014.
原创翻译：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/45432.html 译者：Joyceliu
Devi-4 hours ago
Great news! Finally, the government is doing what the Congress govt. did the best, maintaining friendship with Russia. US cannot be trusted on treaties and agreements .
Satyendra N Dhanda
Satyendra N Dhanda-7 hours ago-Follow
S400 system deal was planned much before US sanctions that shows that India plans to have good relations with all nations except one jehadi country. I am sure most people will appreciate this decision----- but as usual, Pappu Babas supporters will find something to comment on it
Ranjan Dutta-Bangalore-7 hours ago
India knows what she wants. A world power cannot be rattled by sideliners from Uncle Sam. We will take steps which makes us more relevant and national security comes ahead of any other international understandings. Bravo India, Modi will set things in right perspective once it is reviewed by defence experts / secretaries.
Shastha Narayanan Shastha Narayanan-London-6 hours ago-Follow
Pls ignore global bullies and continue to do what is good for India.
Rao Rao-6 hours ago-Follow
India now should waste no more time and go ahead with S 400 along with other Russian stuff as well
Let this be a lesson to India , we cannot and should not trust US for any critical Def. equipment''s.
US will never hesitate to pull strings on us in our time of need,
shashank bhide-Boston-7 hours ago-Follow
What''s DRDO making? Diwali pistols? Is there any plan of government to gain anything extra other than wng the maxmum H1-B every year?
Nikhil Udgirkar nikhil udgirkar-3 hours ago-Follow
Can those opposing supporters of BJP calling them BHAKT comment on this. Napunsak congress had no guts
K P Pandey
K P Pandey-3 hours ago-Follow
This is now proven that PM Modi keeps national interest on top without fear.
Chandrashekhar-nepal-3 hours ago-Follow
hats off to modi courage to do it against donald ducks will,,
Apramit-Bargarh-2 hours ago-Follow
India is not a satellite country of USA. Our government must take decisions beneficial for India rather than for USA.
Pkm-Lagos-2 hours ago-Follow
India has really no choice but to purchase the s400 to counter the Pakistan and missile threat.
Srini-hyd-1 hour ago-Follow
US means business. Russia means friendship. India means partnership.
Satyendra N Dhanda
Satyendra N Dhanda-7 hours ago-Follow
US need India as much as India needs US as we will be paying hard cash for the equipment we buy from all sources and are not looking for charity
Chandrajit_2002-Bangalore-7 hours ago-Follow
Pakistan will now beg from Russia for S-400. Pakistan doesn't have money to run its state for the next 2 months. Pakistan's total budget for in 2018 is equal to India's defence budget in year 2018. Bloody Terrorist.
Dayanand-1 hour ago-Follow
Bold step by Modi. US cannot armtwist Modi. Russia is more trustworthy and consistent friend of India. Russia must advise not to irritate India.
Shubham Parashar-Noida-2 hours ago-Follow
Strong gov with full majority having leader who is not corrupt and only thinks about his country''s interest rather his own interest can take decisions like this.
Dilip Kumar-2 hours ago-Follow
India is maintaining its own stand in national interest.... it is neither under pressure from any superpower....now bowing to them.....
Vinay J-Koppa,-1 hour ago-Follow
Usa cannot control india in case of Iran, Russia or any other international relations. We are independent, responsible country, mind you America
Rhj3-1 hour ago-Follow
US sanctions or no sanctions the decision to acquire S-400 System is the Sovereign interest of India.
Congrats Modijis nationalist BJP Government of India.
Jai Ho Modiji!
ONE LINER Challenge
ONE LINER Challenge-6 hours ago-Follow
PULL TRUMP''s HAIR- NOTHING WRONG HE WILL FALL IN LINE- TRUMP IS A SUCKER.
Srinivas Injeti-Hyderabad-1 hour ago-Follow
We are not ruled by US or any other country. We take decisions based on the needs of our country not as per wishes of other countries.
Ashok-2 hours ago-Follow
After some time US will object to every purchase by India even domestic....and offer sales of its obsolete things destined for garbage at its conditions..
Harsh-2 hours ago-Follow
If US Sanctions on Russa continues, India should negotiate coproduction of S-400 in India.
Tiger Zindahai-3 hours ago-Follow
Why the F U C K you have to blow up this issue
Why cant it be secret ??
Uuuu-3 hours ago-Follow
who is america? america never forget if we, and russia are together then there is no further need of america
Bharath Reddy-1 hour ago-Follow
Money parked by Indians in Swiss banks rose over 50 per cent to 1.01 billion Swiss franc (Rs 7,000 crore) in 2017 under Modi govt.
The incredible-1 hour ago-Follow
Awesome. Good decision by the government
Satya-2 hours ago-Follow
Let US go to hell what ever is in the best interest of our country India must do. Regarding oil from Iran US is trying to bully us, India must not tolerate this.
Ssrana S. Rana
ssrana S. Rana-3 hours ago-Follow
US keeps its interest uppermost. It always tilts sides kee in view its own interest. Most unreliable country.
Shashi Rewal-Paonta Sahib.-4 hours ago-Follow
USA is trying to bully the world,which may not be practical in modern ti.