Saturday, January 16, 2021

US May Offers THAAD If India Scraps S-400 Air Defence System Deal With India

The US is keen to provide potential alternatives to S-400 air defence systems that Delhi has decided to purchase from Russia, a top Pentagon official stated. The most lucrative offer that Washington can provide India is highly advanced THAAD Air Defence Systems.

India inked an agreement with Russia in October last year to procure a batch of the missile systems at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore. India went ahead to seal the deal notwithstanding the US’ warnings against it. There were apprehensions about the payment mechanism for the deal in the wake of the US sanctions against Russia.

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“We are very keen to see them (India) make an alternative choice. We’re working with them to provide potential alternatives (to S-400),” Randall Schriver, Assistant Defence Secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing.

Responding to questions on the potential sanctions on India for making such a purchase from the Russians, Schriver said, “it would be an unfortunate decision” if New Delhi chose to pursue S-400 from Russia.

“Of course, we have the (CAATSA) legislation hanging over all of that,” he said referring to the punitive CAATSA legislation that imposes sanctions on countries that purchase substantial military equipment from Russia.

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Schriver said CAATSA legislation is not designed to be an impediment in the growing strategic partnership that the US has with India.

“It’s designed to impose a cost on Russia, consequence to Russia. One way or the other, we want to work through it because India is an emerging partnership for us,” the top Pentagon official said.

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