No contract exists on S-400 system deliveries to India - Kremlin

No contract yet exists even in its draft form on the delivery of Russia’s S-400 antiaircraft missile systems to India, Kremlin aide for military and technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said on Thursday.

No contract yet exists even in its draft form on the delivery of Russia’s S-400 antiaircraft missile systems to India, Kremlin aide for military and technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said on Thursday.

"So far, there are neither deadlines nor a draft contract," he said in reply to the corresponding question.

Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced last week the country’s Defence Acquisition Council had approved the purchase of five S-400 Triumf antiaircraft missile systems planned to become operational with the Indian Armed Forces in 2017-2022.

Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Vladimir Drozhzhov told the media in late March this year that Russia had prepared a draft agreement on the delivery of S-400 systems and transferred it to Indian partners for signing.

The S-400 Triumf is the newest long-range antiaircraft missile system that went into service in 2007.

It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and can also be used against ground objectives.

The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km.

First published by TASS.

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