In a boost to India’s air defense capabilities, Russia says it has started the delivery of S-400 Triumf air defense systems to the South Asian country, defying the risk of possible US sanctions.
“The first supplies have already been started,” said Dmitry Shugayev, the Head of the Russian Military Cooperation Agency, on Sunday, adding, “The supplies of the S-400 air defense system to India have started and are proceeding on schedule.”
According to Press TV, Shugayev added that the first unit will arrive in India by the end of this year.
Sources in the Indian defense industry said the parts of the air defense system have started reaching the country through both sea and air routes.
In October 2018, India signed a $5-billion deal with Russia to buy five units of long-range missile systems.
The supplies will put India at risk of sanctions from the United States under a 2017 US law aimed at deterring countries from buying Russian military hardware.
The administration of former US President Donald Trump had warned India that going ahead with the contract could invite US sanctions.
Last year, the United Stated imposed sanctions on NATO ally Turkey for acquiring S-400 missiles from Russia.
Moscow and Ankara signed an agreement in 2017 to deliver the S-400 to Turkey, making it the first NATO member to purchase the air defense missile system from Russia. Ankara had formerly purchased America’s F-35 jets, but in retaliation for Turkey’s S-400 purchase, Trump halted their delivery.
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