Russia said on Thursday that it is working “hard” to quickly supply surface-to-air missiles S-400 to India. The first batch of this weapon system is to be supplied by the end of next year. Roman Babushikan, deputy head of the Russian mission, also said in an online media briefing that the two sides are working on a mutual support agreement. In addition, the two sides are close to a multi-billion dollar deal under which an Indo-Russian joint venture will produce 200 Kamov KA-226T battle helicopters for the Indian armed forces.
Asked whether the original exchange and cooperation agreement (Beka) signed between India and the US would have security implications in the operation of platforms of Russian origin by the Indian armed forces, he did not give a direct answer. He, however, said that India and Russia’s defense relations are beyond any “sanctions and foreign interference”. He said, “We are closely watching the relationship between India and the US and other countries in strategic areas.” But at the same time we are confident that India’s developing relations with other countries will not be at the cost of Russia’s interests. “
Babushikan said, “As far as our defense cooperation with India is concerned, it is unaffected by any sanctions and foreign interference, as it reflects the national interests of both countries and we are confident of progress in our relations.” Are moving forward with a lot of spirit. ” He said of the S-400 deal, “There is no change in the deadline at the moment. The first shipment is expected to be delivered by the end of 2021, but we are working very hard to get that supply.”
India signed a five billion dollar agreement with Russia to purchase five units of the S-400 air defense missile systems in October 2018 amid warnings from the Trump administration. He said that the agreement for the construction of 7,00,000 AK-47 203 rifles under an Indo-Russian joint venture and the Kamov helicopter deal are in the final stages.
India and Russia finalized a comprehensive agreement in October 2016 to establish a joint venture between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and two Russian defense companies. Under this, 200 Kamov KA-226T helicopters will be purchased for the Indian armed forces. India and Russia finalized the agreement for the manufacture of AK-203 rifles during Defense Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Moscow two months ago.