After border clash with China, India urges delivery of Russian S-400 – Business Insider – Business Insider
- Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh used a visit to Moscow to urge Russia to speed up delivery of its S-400 system air-defense system, which the Chinese military already has.
- Both India and China are building up reinforcements along their disputed frontier in the Himalayas after a deadly clash last week.
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Chinese and Indian military reinforcements are building up along their disputed Himalayan border after soldiers there had their worst clash in decades last week.
As tensions threaten to boil over, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh used a visit to Moscow this week to urge Russia — the country’s biggest weapons supplier — to speed up delivery of its powerful S-400 Triumph air defence missile system, according to Indian media reports.
Combined with India’s aircraft designed for high-altitude combat, the defence system could pose a threat to China’s military, according to observers.
India was supposed to take delivery of the US$5.2 billion missile system by December 2021, but it has been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.