India, Russia To Conclude Deals On Frigates And Kalashnikovs In 2-3 Months Despite US Sanctions, Says Russian Ambassador
Russian Ambassador to India, Nikolay Kudashev (Photo Credits: ANI)

New Delhi, October 11: Russian Ambassador to India, Nikolay Kudashev today said that The United States’ Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) would not be able to deter India-Russia defence ties. Kudashev speaking to news Agency ANI, stated, “USA's CAATSA sanctions will not be pressure between India-Russia defence deals.” He further added that both the countries would likely to conclude deals on frigates and Kalashnikovs in 2-3 months.

During Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India, the two sides discussed strategy to identify common priority areas and how to protect our trade relationship from unpredictable factors like CAATSA, said the Russian ambassador to India. Kudashev also stated that Fifth Generation Fighter aircraft (FGFA) is still on agenda and he added the FGFA deal will be back very shortly.

Reports surfaced last month that India and Russia had moved closer in finalising a deal of $2.2-billion for acquiring four advanced warships for the Indian Navy. India is likely to procure our advanced Talwar-class frigates under project 11356 for the Navy. Two of the ships will be manufactured at the Goa Shipyard, while the rest will be bought directly from Russia’s Yantar shipyard.

On August 31, The Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved the acquisition of 6.5 lakh assault rifles, under “Make in India” program. The Indian Army issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the purchase of 7.62x39 square mm calibre assault rifles. The new rifles should have an effective range of 300 metres. India will most likely procure Russian company Kalashnikov Concern’s AK-103 assault rifles. The rifle is a derivative of the iconic AK-47 rifle. The AK-103 can be fitted with a variety of sights, including night vision and telescopic sights. In addition to this, it has an option of fitting a knife-bayonet or a grenade launcher.

Meanwhile, reacting to India’s S-400 deal with Russia, The US President Donald Trump said that India “will soon find out” about his decision on the punitive CAATSA. India last week inked a $5 billion deal to purchase S-400 Triumf air defence system from Russia. The mega-deal was sealed in New Delhi during the visit of the Russian President for the annual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.