Russia, India reach 'unprecedented' military agreements
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has held “intensive discussions” with his Indian counterpart in New Delhi, where they reached an “unprecedented” level of military and technical cooperation, despite increasing pressure from the United States.
According to Press TV, Shoigu discussed deepening defense ties and joint manufacturing projects with Nirmala Sitharaman at the 18th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) in the Indian capital on Thursday.
A former financial adviser on defense acquisition for India’s Defense Ministry, Amit Cowshish, however, said at the time that “there is no reason for India to buckle under the US pressure to roll back procurement of hardware from Russia.”
The Russian-built S-400 is capable of intercepting and destroying airborne targets at a distance of up to 400 kilometers (250 miles) and simultaneously engage up to six targets.
Russia will deliver the first missile system by the end of 2020.
In the meantime, India was holding simultaneous joint military exercises with both the US and Russia in the eastern and western sectors of the country respectively.
The Indian military kick-started its drill with Russian forces at its western air base in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, on Monday and will continue till December 21.
The Indian Air Force confirmed that the joint exercise with Russia primarily focuses on counterterrorism operations.
The military exercise with the US Air Force started on December 3 at Kalaikunda, West Bengal, and will conclude on Friday.