First Batch of S-400 Systems to Be Delivered to India Before Year End, Russian Ambassador Says

By Sputnik News

In October 2018, Moscow and New Delhi signed an agreement to supply five regiments of Russia’s S-400 air defence systems to India. The delivery of the final regiment is scheduled to be concluded in the first half of 2025.

The delivery schedule of the much-awaited S-400 air defence system will not be impacted by the pandemic, Russia’s Ambassador to India Nikolay R. Kudashev said on Thursday. The ambassador said that the first batch will be delivered before the year-end.

“We see no changes [in the contract], and the Indian leadership has confirmed its commitment to these agreements,” Kudashev said while addressing media in New Delhi.

Earlier in April, the Indian Ambassador to Russia Bala Venkatesh Varma had announced that the current situation with the global spread of coronavirus will not significantly affect the schedule for the supply of Russian S-400 air missile defence systems.

“There has been a slight dislocation of a couple of weeks but all the major contracts will be on schedule, we don’t anticipate any problem with that,” Bala Venkatesh Varma had noted.

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