The delivery of the S-400 missile systems to India will begin at the end of 2021: Russian official

LUCKNOW: Russia will begin delivery of the S-400 missile systems to India at the end of 2021 and there will be no delays in the execution of the project, a senior Russian official said on Wednesday.

In October 2018, India signed a $ 5 billion deal with Russia to buy five units of the S-400 air defense missile systems, despite Trump's warning that moving forward with the contract may invite sanctions from the United States.

Last year, India made the first installment of around $ 800 million to Russia for missile systems.

The S400 agreement is being implemented according to the original schedule. The first delivery of the systems will begin at the end of 2021. We will fulfill our delivery commitments, said the deputy director of the Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told PTI outside the DefExpo here.

Defense cooperation between the two countries is very strong. We are committed to driving it further, said Drozhzhov.

The interceptor-based missile system can destroy incoming hostile aircraft, missiles and even drones at distances of up to 400 km.

The S-400 is known as Russia's most advanced long-range land-to-air missile defense system.

Another official said that Russia began production of the S-400 missile systems for India and that the five units will be delivered in 2025.

The United States had imposed sanctions on Russia under the strict Law of Countering United States Adversaries through Sanctions (CAATSA).

The law also provides for punitive actions against countries that buy defense hardware from Russia.