Sourabh Mishra

India and Russia are going to ink a deal for five new-generation Russian S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems. The deal will cost approximately Rs 39,000 crore. Russian S-400 Triumf  air defence missile systems can destroy incoming hostile aircraft, stealth fighters, missiles and drones at ranges of up to 400-km. This deal may be considered as a step to strengthen alliance with Russia since there were rumors about the increasing gap in relations between the both countries.

The another long-awaited agreement for the joint production of around 200 Kamov 226T light utility helicopters at a cost of about $1 billion under Narendra Modi’s the ‘Make in India’ programme will also be finalised. The Kamov helicopters will replace the aging and obsolete Cheetah and Chetak fleets of the armed forces.

Russian President Vladmir Putin will visit India to attend the BRICS Summit in Goa. The S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems deal as well as the joint venture for helicopters to be established between defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics and Russian Rostec State Corporation will be finalized during the visit of Russian President Vladmir Putin .

Other important defence projects with Moscow like the joint development of the futuristic fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) and the $1.5 billion lease of a second nuclear-powered submarine are also on track now.