Russia has started production of S-400 missile defence systems for India and their delivery will begin from 2025, TASS reports citing Sergei Chemezov, CEO of state-run Rostec Corporation.
Chemezov’s statement at Dubai Airshow 2019 comes days after Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters on the sidelines of BRICS Summit in Brazil that the delivery of S400s will go according to plan despite the US threat of sanctions over the $5.43 billion deal.
Chemezov told reporters that the advance payment has been made and the work related to the production of S-400s has already started.
India had made its intention to purchase S-400s clear as early as 2015 and a deal was inked during Putin’s visit to India last year.
S-400 is rated as the best all-around missile defence system equipped with sophisticated sensors, long reach and flexible targeting capabilities.
Citing the law, Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act, Washington has warned countries such as India and Turkey of sanctions if they purchase S-400s from Russia. The law also applies to deals with Iran and North Korea.
However, India has made it clear to the US that it will go by its national interest while dealing with other countries.
Defying Washington’s warnings, Turkey had received the first batch of S400s in July.
Russia and India may sign another deal for the delivery and localised production of Kamov Ka-226T helicopters in six months, top official of Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of Rostec, told reporters at the airshow.
Alexander Mikheyev, CEO of the firm, said the two sides have created a joint venture and the helicopter’s appearance is being updated according to India’s defence requirements.
In the case of these helicopters too, work has already started.
Russia will deliver 60 light Ka-226T helicopters to India. Another 140 helicopters will be made in India with a 50-70% localisation level.
Earlier this year, the Russian Helicopters Holding had signed memoranda of understanding with Indian companies such as Valdel Advanced Technologies, Dynamatic Technologies and Bharat Forge for local production of components and assemblies for the Ka-226T helicopter.