India signed the much-anticipated deal worth $5.43-billion to buy five Russian S-400 Triumf missile shield systems at the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit at the Hyderabad House here on Friday. During a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the leaders discussed regional as well as global issues, one among which was S-400 surface-to-air missiles. Though the United States has warned any such agreement between India and Russia could attract sanctions under the US law, the BJP-led government has still decided to go ahead with the deal.
Neighbouring China had also bought many combat missiles, including S-400 Triuf, from Russia this year. Apart from the S-400 missile deal, India and Russia also signed an agreement on space cooperation. According to news agency ANI, an Indian monitoring station will be built near the Russian city of Novosibirsk in Siberia.
The Triumf missile deal with Russia will give India’s military a much-needed boost, which would act as a deterrent against China’s growing presence in the region and a superior edge over Pakistan. The S-400 Triumf missiles are extremely efficient to track and hunt down combat aircraft, even stealth planes, at unprecedented ranges.