India could become the third country after China and Turkey to put the Russian S-400 air defense system into use. Several media report that the country is interested in a total of five systems, which will to be used to protect the northern and western borders of the country against possible air attacks. India would also be interested in a number of Russian battleships and submarines.
Both parties have already agreed on the technical aspects of the deal, but negotiations are still taking place on the price of this deal. In recent days, rumors appeared about Russia and India making a deal at an international security conference held in Moscow this week, but these rumors were refuted by the Russian news agency TASS.
According to recent research by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Russia is now the main external weapons supplier for the Indian army with a market share of 62% in the period from 2013 to 2017. The United States and Israel take a second and third position with a market share of 15% and 11% respectively.