India intends to ask Russia to accelerate the supply of C-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) against the background of aggravated relations with China. It is reported by Bloomberg, citing sources.
It is assumed that the Minister of Defense of India Rajnath Singh, who arrived in Moscow on a visit on June 22, will agree on this. In addition, New Delhi may request the supply of Su-30MKI and MiG-29 fighters. This is due to the fact that the republic needs to update its military equipment.
The Economic Times newspaper emphasizes that the Indian side decided to put pressure on Russia to speed up supplies: the air defense system’s deliveries to India were allegedly combined with deliveries to other countries. Singh will probably ask them to be split so that the S-400 arrives in the country as soon as possible.
The RBC owned by Grigory Berezkin, citing the head of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Region program at the Carnegie Moscow Center, Alexander Gabuev, reports that all this is happening against the backdrop of complicated relations between India and China. According to the expert, Beijing “is becoming more assertive,” insisting that its partners choose one side. Gabuev himself believes that Moscow will in any case respond to a request from New Delhi.
On June 16, dozens of Indian Army soldiers died during a shootout in Ladakh. Representatives of New Delhi believe that the shootout occurred as a result of an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo in the region. In addition, the Indian media wrote about 43 injured Chinese.
At the end of May 2019, it became known that India was acquiring Russian S-400 systems due to the fact that China had similar weapons.
The contract for the supply of complexes was concluded on October 5, 2018 during the visit of Russian leader Vladimir Putin to New Delhi. The contract value exceeds 5 billion dollars. After that, US President Donald Trump promised to give an answer to the purchase of India’s Russian S-400.