Amid the current Russia-Ukraine conflict, India has acquired defense equipment for the training squadron of the Russia-made S-400 Triumf advanced surface-to-air missile defense system.
India announced in December that Russia had begun deliveries of the S-400 long-range defense systems to India.
Local news agency Asian News International (ANI) reported that the country received simulators and other equipment from Moscow.
The report mentioned that despite the war in Ukraine, “defense supplies from Moscow are continuing.” The latest supplies from Russia also included “overhauled fighter aircraft engines and spares for an aircraft fleet.”
“It does not include missiles or launchers,” the agency quoted defense sources as saying, adding that India also received the final parts of the S-400 system from Russia, whose first squadron was “operational to take care of threats” from neighbouring countries.
India and Russia signed a $5.5 billion S-400 system contract in 2018, placing India at risk of US sanctions. The US has long tried to deter countries from buying military equipment from Russia, threatening them with punitive measures under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). Despite warnings from Washington, New Delhi went ahead with the deal, claiming that it has strategic ties with both Russia and the United States.
Meanwhile, according to media sources, US President Joe Biden’s Sanctions Policy Coordinator James O’Brien informed lawmakers in the House of Representatives last week that the US does not want India to buy Russia’s S-400 system. He also mentioned that Washington has to consider geostrategic circumstances in response to mounting demand from Biden to exempt India from CAATSA.