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Good and bad news for Russia: S-400 deal is on, while FGFA is dead

With India pressing for delivery of the first S-400 units by 2020, the order must be placed at the latest in October

Ajai Shukla  |  New Delhi 

On Friday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had both good and bad news for Moscow. On the one hand, she solidly affirmed India would go ahead and buy the Russian S-400 air defence missile system, despite Washington’s opposition.

On the other hand, she officially confirmed the Indo-Russian proposal to co-develop the so-called fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) was dead. “We are at the conclusive stage of negotiations for the S-400 now. When the deal will be ready for signing, I cannot say,” she said. However, well-informed defence ministry sources ...

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 00:56 IST
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