India Intends To Speed Up Deliveries Of S-400 From Russia Due To The Aggravation On The Border With China
India intends to seek the delivery of s-400 anti-aircraft missile systems in a shorter time frame due to rising tensions on the Indian-Chinese border, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.
According to him, Indian defense Minister Rajnath Singh, who is already in Russia, will conduct negotiations for this purpose. During the visit, he will meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu. The parties can discuss the incidents in Ladakh, as well as opportunities to strengthen India's defense capability, Bloomberg notes.
In 2018, Moscow and New Delhi signed a contract for the supply of S-400 worth $5 billion. According to current agreements, they should be delivered to India in December 2021.
In addition to anti-aircraft missile systems, the Indian side is interested in acquiring 33 new MiG-29 and SU-30MKI fighters. Also, during his stay in Moscow, the Indian Minister will raise the issue of purchasing spare parts and parts for Russian-made military equipment. It is noted that Russia is the largest supplier of defense products in India.
On the night of June 15-16, Indian and Chinese military forces clashed in the Galvan river area of the allied territory of Ladakh. According to Indian army sources cited by local media, firearms were not used, sticks and stones were used instead. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed and 76 injured, while sources in the Indian army also claim that about 45 Chinese soldiers were killed and wounded.
The situation in Ladakh escalated after clashes involving about 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers took place there in early May. More than 100 people on both sides were injured. In the future, India and China have stated that they are making efforts to maintain stability.