Given the Chinese military buildup along the disputed Himalayan border, India is hoping to get a US waiver for its purchase of S-400 missile defense system and other armaments from Russia.
The US federal law Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanction Act imposes sanctions against countries that engage in defense and intelligence transactions with Iran, North Korea, and Russia.
Last month, the US Assistant Secretary of State Clarke Cooper once again cautioned India against going ahead with the procurement.
“Don’t put at risk future opportunities that may be impeded by significant Russian defense articles,” Cooper said during an online briefing, reported by Defense Aviation Post, a website covering the defense sector and aviation industry.
“It’s not everything, but something like the [anti-aircraft systems] S-400 will be a challenge, something like the Sukhoi [fighter jet] Su-35 will be a challenge,” said Cooper.
As tensions with China threaten to boil over, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh recently urged Russia to speed up delivery of its powerful S-400 air defense missile system, according to Indian media reports.
In October 2018, India signed its biggest arms deal worth $5.43 billion to purchase five regiments of the S-400. China already has the S-400 air system.
Experts believe that the cutting-edge S-400 system can detect and shoot down targets including ballistic missiles, enemy jets and drones up to 600 kilometers (373 miles) away, at altitudes of between 10 meters and 27 km (17 mi).
S-400 superior to US Patriot
Against the speed of 5,000 km per hour (3,106 mi per