The main aim of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her visit to Russia will be to conclude Rs 40,000 crore deal to procure S-400 Triumf air defence system. The deal is yet to be inked mainly due to differences over price.
In 2016 an agreement was signed between both the countries on ‘Triumf’ interceptor based missile system. S-400 ‘Truimf’ can destroy incoming enemy fighter jets, missiles and even drones upto the range of 400 km. S-400 is an advanced version of S-300. This missile system is manufactured by Almaz-Antey and is serving Russian Military since 2007.
India wants to purchase S-400 Triumf missile system to strengthen its air defence mechanism as China is increasing its military activities near the Sino-India border. China is also the first country to purchase S-400 from Russia.
According to sources decision on the long-pending fifth-generation fighter jet project with Russia could not be taken due to the high cost involved in it.