During the BRICS summit, India sought to re-engage with Russia more substantively. The two heads Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, signed several agreements on the sidelines of the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa. The two leaders also took part in a ceremony to lay the foundation for the third and fourth power units of India’s Kudankulam nuclear plant.
India has signed a defence deal worth nearly Rs 39,000 crore with Russia to purchase five state of art S-400 ‘Triumf’ air defence systems. An S-400 ‘Triumf’ long-range air defence missile system is one of the most advanced long-range defence systems in the world. It is referred to as SA-21 Growler by NATO. The five S-400 systems will be operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF). Besides, India also announced to collaborate in making four stealth frigates and setting up a joint production facility for making Kamov helicopters under Make in India.
Russia, which had over the years kept its distance from Pakistan and had earlier never sold military hardware to Islamabad, has abandoned its old policy. The Modi government was reportedly unhappy about the exercises which took place soon after the Uri attack. However, to allay India’s concerns, Russian made it clear that Moscow has not signed any contracts and has no plans to sign any military-related deals with Pakistan.