India and Russia are in talks to build locally the Russian-built S-400 Triumph air defense systems in India, it is learned.
Diplomatic sources said, “Yes, we are discussing localization of S-400 production with India.” However, he declined to specify which components of the S-400 can be produced in India. A similar agreement on local production exists between Russia and Turkey, which is also purchasing the system from Russia.
Sources said that Moscow saw no problem in agreeing with New Delhi as India was already producing Russian SU-30 fighter jets and T-90 tanks. “Russia has developed BrahMos missiles with India and with Indian scientists,” he said.
The BrahMos is a super-diversion supersonic anti-ship cruise missile with over Russian-built P-800 Onix and is said to be one of the world’s fastest cruise missiles currently in operational use.
In recent years, India has gradually indigenized several sub-systems of the missile, including a new seeker and missile booster. Russia still supplies BrahMos’ ramjet propulsion systems and seeker technology, with India contributing inertial navigation systems and fire control systems.
The S-400 can be equipped with a host of different missiles, including the 40N6E, the most advanced interceptor in the air defense system, including the improved version of the 48N6E2 as well as the 9M96E and 9M96E2.
It has not been publicly disclosed what Russia will deliver to India in Russia with transporter Erector Launcher (TELs), long-range surveillance radar target acquisition and engagement (fire control) radar systems and command posts.
India may decide to fit at least some of the Russian-made interceptors with indigenous technology, but it is unclear to what extent Russia will allow the integration of missiles to these Indian sub-systems.
India and Russia signed a $ 5.5 billion contract for five S-400 squadrons to serve in the Indian Air Force during the 2018 summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The US has threatened sanctions against India for the purchase of Russian weapons systems, because of its Countering America’s Advisers through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
Source: The Statesman