A contract for the delivery of S-400 Triumf missile systems to India won’t be signed during the current visit by Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to Moscow, a source in military-diplomatic circles told TASS on the sidelines of the Moscow international security conference on Wednesday.
“All the technical parameters of the contract have been fully agreed; however, the sides have not yet agreed on the price of the deal,” the source said.
Some media outlets earlier reported that India and Russia were close to signing a contract on the delivery of S-400 air defense missile systems and that its signing might take place during Sitharaman’s visit to Moscow.
At the same time, the source was optimistic about the prospects of signing the S-400 deal.
“The sides are continuing the negotiations on this sole issue that has not yet been agreed and there are no doubts that the document will be signed shortly,” the source noted.
TASS has no official confirmation of this information.
By now, Russia has signed delivery contracts on S-400 surface-to-air missile systems with China and Turkey.
The first regiment set of S-400 air defense missile systems without auxiliary equipment has already been delivered to the Chinese side by sea.
Under an additional agreement between the parties, the regiment set of S-400 missile systems will be delivered to Turkey in October 2019, which is several months ahead of the earlier agreed date.
India may become the third country to receive Russian-made S-400 air defense missile systems.
The S-400 Triumf is the Russian long-and medium-range air defense missile system intended to hit attack and reconnaissance planes, including stealth aircraft, and any other air targets. The S-400 can engage up to 80 targets at a time at a distance of 400 km and an altitude of 30 km.