Recent developments between India and Russia
India and Russia have been sharing a very strong relationship both militarily and economically. India plans to buy S-400 anti-missile systems and both countries are making a great process to sign deals.
Russia recently announced that it will deliver the S-400 missile systems to India by 2024-2025.
"The first system will be delivered within 24 months after the advance payment is made. That said, India will start receiving the S-400 systems at the end of 2020 or a little later. The next four S-400 regiment sets will be delivered in the next few years. The delivery process will be completed by 2024-2025", said Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Vladimir Drozhzhov.
Russia and India also have agreed on a new payment method to beat the US's CAATSA threat. India will pay Russia the first installment for the $5.2 billion S-400 air defence system. After the pay of first installment, the delivery of the first system of the S-400 would be done within two years. The rest of the four systems will be supplied to India by 2025. Drozhzhov said that the advance payment would be “coming soon”.
New Settlement system will be implemented
Russia and India have agreed on new settlement system for the implementation of contracts in the area of military and technical cooperation.
"We have agreed with India on a mutually acceptable settlement mechanism, which is valid over the entire duration of the signed contract documents," Drozhzhov said, noting that the mechanism would be applied during the execution of the contracts for the delivery of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to New Delhi" Drozhzhov said.
Joint development of new submarine
Russia has proposed to jointly devise a project with Indian partners and jointly build the first pilot model on the basis of the Amur-1650 diesel-electric submarine project. Russia says India will fully acquire all the necessary technological capabilities for constructing submarines of this type. Drozhzhov said that the project involves relevant technology transfer. Russia claims its proposal to India is far more favorable than those of other foreign partners.
Russia wants to resume joint development of 5th generation fighter jet with India
Russia leaves the door open for India to resume joint development of the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet. "I believe that we should resume this project, Russia is open to that," Drozhzhov said. Russian officials says that Su-57 is unique in every way and they have all documentation for a display.
"We are ready and are proposing this program to our Indian partners", Drozhzhov added.
Both parties have also agreed on terms of the implementation of joint projects for the production of Kamov Ka-226T helicopters and 200-series Kalashnikov assault rifles.
Writing by: Emre Kekeç