The deal between India and Russia for the purchase of five S-400 Triumph long-range surface-to-air missile systems is still to provide any conclusion.
A top Ministry of Defence official (MoD) said, Indian Ministry of Defence officials, Rosoboronexport, and Almaz-Antey, the original equipment manufacturer, have failed to make a final settlement on the price, training, service support and transfer of technology of the missiles.
An official said, “Russia is demanding $5.5 billion for the five [S-400] units, very high training fee and refusing to give technology transfer of three types of guided missiles,” the official added that no plan has yet been offered for service and a spares-support package.
Another MoD official said, the final contract is not going to be signed in coming days, and India will not be paying more than $4.5 billion for the systems, He was of the view that the deal would assimilate Make in India economic policy in regard to the manufacturing of spares, the guided missiles, and a lifetime service support package.
During a bilateral summit in October 2016 in Goa, India, in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India and Russia signed an intergovernmental agreement on the sale of the S-400 systems.
The Russian-built S-400 systems have the ability to deflect and destroy airborne targets at a distance of up to 400 kilometers (250 miles) and can at the same time engage up to six targets. Each S-400 comprises tracking and search radar systems, eight launchers, 112 guided missiles, and command and support vehicles.
The S-400s will assist in the service counter ballistic missiles and counter-stealth aircraft. The system would have three types of guided missiles. He also claimed that an India-owned S-400 would easily conquer Pakistan’s air defense capabilities and has a comparison with China’s strategic weapon, Indian Air Force official said.
Reports say India is developing medium-range surface-to-air missile systems which are able to approach incoming missile with its range of more than 70 kilometers.
Indian Defence Research Wing and Development Organization is also in talks with Israeli defense companies to develop an anti-cruise missile system.