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Jan 13, 2022
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The US about the S-400 is bullshit, but India responded in such a way that the Yankees got into a puddle

In the photo: anti-aircraft missile systems S-400 "Triumph"

In the photo: S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile systems (Photo: Sergey Malgavko / TASS)

Indian Defense News, announcing the start of deliveries of the S-400 Triumph air defense system, asked the question: “It is interesting to see if the United States will refer to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) in matters of its relations with India?” Will the Yankees have the audacity to impose sanctions on the Indians, or Biden pretend like nothing happened?

The fact is that, according to IDN, “the S-400 system has caused consternation among military strategists in the United States and Western Europe, since most of the weapons used by these countries, such as cruise and ballistic missiles, including Tomahawks, and fighter-bombers, including F-16s and F-22s are currently under threat.”

Further, Indian Defense News gives a “bright example” for those who are especially doubtful. The newspaper writes: “Survival comes to mind, and then the consolidation of the country around Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria. Allegedly, the miraculous salvation of his battered fate only began when he began to use the Russian S-300 missile system, an earlier version of the S-400, recapturing the lost areas of Eastern Aleppo, Eastern Ghouta and Dar’a. Even the mighty Israeli air force failed to turn the tide of the war in favor of the various Syrian rebel armies tasked by the West with the task of liberating Syria.

Next – more. In fact, IDN is already asking a dumb question: “What do you think Erdogan bought S-400 to please Putin? Yes, no, of course. Turkey did this under the influence of events in Syria, which, if anyone forgot, was actually buried, giving Assad’s life into the hands of the very pro-American militants who killed Gaddafi.

Meanwhile, the question for Ankara stood squarely: either the F-35 or the Triumph. But she still chose Russian weapons. The Yankees, of course, hit the Turks with all four wheels, despite their membership in NATO. But in the case of India, the US does not seem to be able to do so. There are a number of reasons which we list below.

As you know, Washington has serious disagreements with Islamabad because of Washington’s supposedly exclusive right to use drones in Pakistan, which suddenly became insolent and banned the killing of people on its territory. Former allies squabbled in earnest.

So, the Indian S-400s keep at gunpoint almost all the planes of the Pakistan Air Force in most of this country hated by the Americans. An almost similar situation has developed with respect to Afghanistan. The Taliban* will have to think twice before they decide to send mercenaries to Kashmir.

It is known that China has installed missiles in Tibet, but the S-400 will certainly give India strength in the negotiations, Indian Defense News notes. Far from fools are sitting in the USA and they are aware of these new opportunities for the Indians. Mike Pompeo, former US Secretary of Defense, once tried to dissuade New Delhi from buying the S-400, but received such a reasoned refusal from the Indian Foreign Minister Subramaniyama Jaishankarathat no longer returned to this topic.

By the way, the acquisition of the S-400, according to experts, has already given India not only a deadly weapon, but also a valuable tool for negotiations with its neighbors. In particular, New Delhi is already using it in the Afghan settlement. How exactly is not reported.

But there is another side of the moon – the dark one. India’s S-400 deal is getting a lot of attention from the expert community in terms of countering US legislation called the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

To be clear: CAATSA is such an insidious law, signed on August 2, 2017, which requires the US President to impose mandatory sanctions against the Russian, North Korean and Iranian defense sectors, as well as countries directly or indirectly cooperating with the listed military-industrial complex. In short, even if Biden is ready to turn a blind eye to the Triumph contract, he must somehow respond. Otherwise, he will get a cap for violating the US constitution.

Indeed, America applied CAATSA to Turkey in January 2021 after purchasing S-400 systems from Moscow. In theory, the States should punish India as well, otherwise the Turks will be offended.

However, the imposition of sanctions against New Delhi seems to be a virtual insurmountable task for Washington. And not only because the Indians consider CAATSA to be some kind of meaningless law of another state. And also because the Land of Elephants and Sacred Cows will lose its military weight compared to China, America’s main geopolitical competitor. This Yankees will not even shoot themselves in the foot, but right in the stomach.

But who said that in America the law is that the drawbar: where you turn, it went there. CAATSA will most certainly not touch India under the “modified waiver powers” for “certain sanctions deals” legitimized by the old but very cunning US President Joe Biden.

In short, New Delhi has already lobbied in Washington to abandon CAATSA in relation to the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems. Narendra Fashion swore to Joe Biden that India and the United States are not just some “friends like Ukraine” or “NATO members like Turkey”, but the most comprehensive global strategic partners. Closer, in short, there is no one.

In general, both countries are experiencing a terrible threat from China, and the S-400 anti-missile systems are directed precisely against the PRC, and not against the “Americans, beloved by Indians.” In short, the Turks were not smart enough to convince Uncle Sam that their “Triumphs” were directed against Iran to protect Israel. By the way, Erdogan even verbally refused to “exchange Arabs for Jews”, for which he was punished.

Before the New Year, according to Indian insiders, the United States thought of giving India its THAAD long-range air defense system, of course, if New Delhi refuses the S-400 deal. The story is, of course, dark and not continued. It turns out that here, too, the Yankees broke such a price that the Indians’ turbans flew off their heads from standing on end hair.

The Yankees explained this difference by the fact that they are ready to sell “American”, which is a priori an order of magnitude better than “Russian”. But, as even the US defense magazine Military Watch writes, “unlike the S-400, THAAD not only lacks the ability to counter stealth aircraft, but is completely devoid of anti-aircraft weapons and is intended solely to intercept enemy ballistic missiles. This severely limits its usefulness to India.”

The Americans, of course, wanted to convince the Indians. But, according to MW, New Delhi’s analysis of THAAD’s capabilities showed that the system is poorly suited to the simplest defense needs and is not any replacement for the S-400. In short, Chinese and even Pakistani fighters at low altitudes will fly in Elephant Country as if at home.

In addition, THAAD is limited to intercepting missiles at altitudes of 40-160 km, while against short and medium-range missiles, such as the Pakistani Ghauri and the Chinese DF-12, this system turned out to be generally useless.

This has been confirmed by numerous experts and analysts, including former scientific adviser to the US Chief of Naval Operations Theodore Postol, who admitted that the THAAD air defense system is not useful in a real war. And it’s not a fact that she will intercept ICBMs. And this is explained simply: the Yankees were sure that the ocean would protect them better than any air defense systems. So, why invest in them, while they will be able to “sell their inefficient” iron using dirty methods, including with the help of CAATSA. True, there was a misfire with India.


* On February 14, 2003, the Taliban was recognized as a terrorist organization by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and its activities in Russia are prohibited.

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