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Russia And India Sign Much Awaited S-400 Missile Deal Despite Sanction Threats

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| October 5 , 2018 , 15:27 IST

Russia and India on Friday signed a $5.5 billion deal for the procurement of S-400 Missile System despite the possibility of sanctions from the United States under CAATSA law.

Russia's president Vladimir Putin had arrived in India on Thursday for a 2-day summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

What Is CAATSA 

The Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) which was introduced last year imposes sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea.

CAATSA allow the United States to punish entities engaging in a significant transaction with the defence or intelligence establishment of Russia. India wants to procure the long-range missile systems to strengthen its air defence mechanism, particularly along the Sino-India border.

Sitharaman's Take 

Earlier in July this year, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharam had said, “CAATSA (sanctions law) is not a UN act, it’s a US act we have spoken on the S-400 for years, not just today.”

She further said, "Our defense relation with Russia has endured several decades and we have conveyed about it to a US Congressional delegation which visited India recently."

What Is S-400 Defence System 

This missile system is capable of destroying any incoming hostile aircraft, missiles and even drones at ranges of up to 400 km. S-400 is known as Russia's most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile system.

The S-400 Triumf is an advanced surface-to-air missile system, developed by Russia’s state-owned company Almaz-Antey, and can shoot down hostile aircraft and ballistic missiles. It has an estimated range of 250 kilometres and a possible upgrade is speculated to extend it to 400 kilometres.

The S-400 battery has four transporter erector launchers (TEL) which are essentially missile vehicles that can carry and launch missiles. There are four launch tubes in each TEL.