Defence Deals With Russia Seal Ties
- S-400 systems to boost India’s defence
Benaulim, Goa: India and Russia had declared their unequivocal opposition to terrorism and resolve to combat it with all their might. The talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Naredra Modi at the 17th India-Russia annual summit in Goa on Saturday helped both the countries to patch up the differences that arose recently to bother them. Russia appeared to be getting closer to Pakistan and China at the cost of India. Russia and Pakistan had conducted joint military exercises to which India objected. India and Russia on Saturday signed 16 important agreements including one on S-400 missile systems, a game-changer in countering air-borne threats. Defence production and acquisition deals were announced at the end of the India-Russia summit.
Besides the inter-governmental agreement on the missile system worth Rs 39,000 crore, Russia, in show of ‘special and privileged strategic partnership’, also agreed to sell Kamov 226T helicopters and four Krivak-class stealth frigates to India. The Kamov 226T helicopters will be manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Rostec State Corporation of Russia under a joint production plan as part of ‘Make In India’ campaign. ‘The agreement on manufacturing of Kamov 226T helicopters, construction of frigates and acquisition and building of other defence platforms are in synergy with India’s technology and security priorities, Indian PM said after the deals were signed. Putin in his statement referred to the stable ties between Russia and India and assured that Russia would ensure steady energy cooperation with India in view of its increasing economy.