India will ceceive its S-400 air defense systems on time

China, which had received the first batch of the S-400 missiles in 2018, saw Moscow suspend further deliveries with no set-date in mind, which according to Chinese press reports, was due to Russia’s concern of the deal coming in the way of the PLA’s anti-pandemic actions, Mansij Asthana reports on Eurasian Times.
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Russia has allayed any fears surrounding the delivery of the S-400 air defence systems to India, due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, which had its origins in China, whose similar deal for the missiles with Moscow was suspended, a month ago. Indian Ambassador to Russia Venkatesh Varma refuted all allegations about dark clouds affecting the $ 5.43-billion deal signed with Russia during the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit in 2018 at New Delhi, which saw India purchase five S-400 missile defence systems. “The S-400 will be on schedule. The coronavirus will not be affecting the delivery of the S-400.” Varma said

Former Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal (retd) BS Dhanoasaid that the S-400s coupled with the Rafale jets acquired from France will offer the country a significant strategic advantage in aerial combat with the Chinese in the mountainous Tibet region and will also target down Pakistani aircraft inside Pakistan’s own territory and not only when they enter the Indian turf. The S-400 (SA-21 Growler in NATO's designation system) is comparable to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) of the US but most of the experts rank it as the best defence systems in the world.

Defence Industry cooperation is one of the key spheres, which will be addressed between Russia and India at the upcoming India-Russia bilateral summit, which is set to cover all issues of politics, economic, trade, energy, Mansij Asthana concludes.