Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the heightened tensions between India and China, India is strengthening its strategic relationship with Russia. Recently, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited Russia to deepen India-Russia defence ties. Check the list mentioned below on India-Russia defence deals for the year 2020:
S-400 Anti-missile System
In October 2018, India signed a deal for $5.2 billion with Russia to buy 5 units of the S-400 anti-missile system. The first batch of this system was expected to reach India by the end of 2021, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be further delayed to the year 2025. In 2019, India paid the first tranche for the anti-missile system to Russia of around $800 million.
The radar fitted in the S-400 anti-missile system has a range of about 600 km for surveillance and can track 300 targets simultaneously. It fits in all missile system and can be configured to long-range, semi long-range, medium-range and short-range systems depending on the preference.
The S-400 anti-missile system is cheaper as compared to other defence systems. It has 9 launchers, 120 missiles, command and support vehicles. The system will be deployed in the National Capital Region and along the Mumbai-Baroda Industrial Corridor and will track the movement along LoC (Line of Control).
In December 2019, the Government of India was offered three refurbished Kilo-class submarines by Russia. India is currently examining the said proposal. In addition to this, Russia has also proposed to conduct refit work on three existing Kilo-class submarines of the Indian Navy to extend their lives by 10 years. The offer made is $1.82 billion.