India, Russia ink $5-billion missile deal

India to get S-400 Triumf missile shield systems from Russia

Prime News, National and International, Defence, New Delhi, October 5:- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a $5-billion deal for India to procure one of the world’s most advanced air-defence systems, the S-400 Triumf missile shield on Friday. The system is expected to be delivered by 2020.

The two nations also signed deals for more space cooperation. The official announcement will be made soon. An Indian monitoring station will be built near the Russian city of Novosibirsk in Siberia, ANI reports said.

S-400 is known as Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system. China was the first foreign buyer to seal a government-to-government deal with Russia in 2014 to procure the lethal missile system. Moscow has already started delivering an undisclosed number of the S-400 missile systems to Beijing.

The S-400 is an upgraded version of the S-300 systems. The missile system, manufactured by Almaz-Antey, has been in service in Russia since 2007.
The 19th annual India-Russia bilateral summit is being held at New Delhi’s Hyderabad House. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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