An S-400 air defence missile system at the Hmeymim airbase (photo Sputnik)
An S-400 air defence missile system at the Hmeymim airbase (photo Sputnik)

NEW DELHI, (BM) – India asks Russia to speed up the delivery of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system [SAM) against the backdrop of worsening relations with China, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing The Economic Times.

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The Government of India has begun to fill the gaps in the country’s defenses by stockpiling and completing procurement. The country is preparing for the worst-case scenario, including a war on two fronts, according to the Indian The Economic Times.

India is interested in accelerating the delivery of Russian S-400 Triumph. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will discuss such an opportunity during a three-day visit to Russia. An urgent need arose due to tensions on the Sino-Indian border.

Moscow has postponed the delivery of air defense systems worth $ 5.4 billion until December 2021 due to the proliferation of COVID-19. India paid for the purchase of the S-400 last year.

China, which has strong strategic cooperation with Russia, has already acquired an air defense system. This fact only adds to the problems for India. According to the sources of the Indian newspaper, the Armed Forces of the country were ordered to be prepared for any surprises.

India seeks to explore the distribution of supplies. An accelerated schedule can be developed taking into account the historical military relations between the two countries.

Another key issue for discussion with Russia is the reliability of supplies. The agenda of the Minister of Defense of India consists of two parts. The first is to speed up the procurement of spare parts for the Sukhoi and MiG aviation formations in the country.

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The second is to make sure that the changing political environment does not become an obstacle to supplies to India.

The Indian authorities discussed this issue in detail after the loss of 20 soldiers on the LAC with China. It was noted that in order to ensure the country’s readiness for defense, it is necessary to establish contact with Russia.

The Moscow Victory Parade was a planned event, but the Indian mission was doubted about the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic. After consulting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it was decided that Indian Defense Minister Singh would accept the invitation. This is the best opportunity to address current issues with Russia at this critical stage.

It is assumed that the Minister of Defense of China, Wei Fenghe, will visit the Victory Parade. Beijing is pushing Moscow to deepen defense cooperation and gain access to the latest Russian developments and technologies.

China is especially interested in jet engines. For the country, the topics of development of its defense industry against the backdrop of cooperation with Russia are relevant.

Rajnath Singh is planning a bilateral meeting during a visit to Moscow with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. All issues will be discussed in detail, especially on accelerating the supply of weapons and spare parts. A meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, who is involved in military and aerospace issues, is also scheduled.

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The reasons for the clash on the Sino-Indian military border on the disputed territory of Ladakh remain to be seen. After the conflict, New Delhi deployed attack helicopters and fighter jets east and strengthened the grouping of warships in the Bay of Bengal.