Russia Begins Production Of S-400 Missile Defence Systems For India, First Batch To Be Delivered By  2021 EndRussian S-400 Triumf missile system. (PAUL GYPTEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia has started the production of the first batch of S-400 missile defence system, which is scheduled to be delivered to India by the end of 2021.

“The Almaz-Antey concern has begun manufacturing the S-400 systems for India, and Russia will deliver the S-400s to India within the timeframe stipulated by the contract,” said Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, reports Russia Today.

Manturov added that training centres had already been established in India to prepare operators of the missile system.

“In general, all commitments undertaken by the parties, including the payment, are being fulfilled in full,” Manturov said.

India and Russia had in October 2018 signed a $5 billion agreement for five S-400 missile defence system.

Earlier last week, a Russian official had said that the county is planning to start deliveries of the S-400 system to India from late next year.

“The first batch is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2021,” Vladimir Drozhzhov, the deputy head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation had said, reports Moscow Times.

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