The US is working with India to offer an alternative to the Russian S-400 Triumf missile defence system, according to Assistant Defence Secretary Randall Schriver, but he left open the possibility that Washington may not punish New Delhi over the $5.4 billion Moscow deal.
“I think it would be an unfortunate decision if they chose to pursue that”, he told the House of Representatives Armed Forces Committee on Wednesday in Washington during a hearing on US Military Activities in Indo-Pacific region.
“We are very keen to see them make an alternative choice” and “we’re working with them to provide potential alternatives”, he said.
The commander of the Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral Philip Davidson, also made a pitch for India to buy US defence equipment. “I continue to make the point with them that our interoperability and compatibility going forward will be advantaged with the purchase of US systems”, he said. Read More