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27 Apr, 2016 11:21

Conflicting reports on Russian sale of S-400 missile defense system to India

Conflicting reports on Russian sale of S-400 missile defense system to India

Russia and India are yet to sign a contract for the supply of advanced S-400 air defense systems, a senior Russian official said in response to an Indian claim, which said the deal was already signed.

“The contract has not been signed yet,” the head of Russian state-owned technology giant Rostec Sergey Chemezov said

Earlier Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State for Defense Production of India, said the deal was already signed. Singh is attending an international security forum in Moscow.

Russia's Defense Ministry has not yet commented on the reports.

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The S-400 is the latest and most advanced of the long-range surface-to-air missiles produced by Russia. The Russian military is the only operator of the system, but China and India are expected to be the first foreign nations to receive it.

Media reports in 2015 said that India wants to buy five S-400 battalions.

Russia recently delivered a previous-generation S-300 variant of the air defense system to Iran, implementing a key defense deal between the two countries after lengthy discussions.