By Alexander Miller, for Eurasia Business News – November 27, 2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit India on December 6, where he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“On December 6, Vladimir Putin will visit India. During the talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it is planned to discuss issues of further development of relations of a particularly privileged strategic partnership between the two countries. The leaders will exchange views on topical issues on the international agenda, including joint work within the G20, BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization“, announced the Kremlin press service.
Earlier, Russia began supplying S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to India. The director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugaev confirmed that deliveries to India’s Ministry of Defense are proceeding on schedule.
Russia and India have agreed on the supply of the S-400 in 2018. Five complete units would cost $ 5.4 billion. The market price of one division of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system would amount to $ 500 million. In 2020, Russia supplied Turkey with S-400 Triumph air defense systems worth $ 2.5 billion.
In addition to India and Turkey, the S-400 was previously bought by China.
Indian Ambassador to the Russian Federation Bala Venkatesh Varma told journalists of daily Kommersant in October that the first deliveries of S-400 “this year are being carried out according to the schedule.” Dmitry Shugaev, admitted in early November that the latest Russian S-500 anti-aircraft missile systems could be supplied to India and China.
On November 1st, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the first production model of the S-500 is planned to be delivered soon to the Russian armed forces.
Russia tested the S-500 Prometheus anti-aircraft missile system in 2019. The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the S-500 air defense would be able to destroy hypersonic weapons in near space. It was planned that the missile systems would be ready for delivery to the troops in 2020, later their transfer was postponed until 2021. Serial delivery should begin in 2025. The general director of Rostec corporation, Sergei Chemezov, said that there would be no export of the S-500 for several years, since “first of all, we need to supply our army.”
Russia, China and India are all members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SOC). This organization was set up in 2001 by China, Russia and four Central Asian states, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The SOC expanded to India and Pakistan in 2017. Iran became observer state in 2021.
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