Russia: India does not need US missile shield, S-400 is better

Russian S-400 Triumph medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems drive during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin – The Russians say that India does not need to buy missile shields made in the United States (US) because of the Russian-made missile defense system, the S-400 is better.

Reporting from Reuters on Saturday (08/25/2018), This was stated by the Director of the Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), Dmitry Shugaev in his discussion.

“We did not see the need to buy the NASAM (National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) America because India acquired the S-400, which provides an umbrella, a comprehensive cover,” Shugaev said.

“The US system has a limited work area and does not have the missiles originally designed for it. What it uses is an adapted version of the air-to-air missile,” Shugaev said.

As reported earlier, India has almost bought Russian-made S-400 after removing NASAM II buying options in its country’s purchase plan.

On the grounds that the Russian S-400 system was better, the Moscow official said the discussion on the purchase of the defense missile system was believed to end with the signing of the agreement in October 2018.

“We believe it is logical and natural that the contract be signed during the upcoming meeting,” Shugaev said. “There is no pressure, but we hope that it will be signed by the end of this year.”