America frets over Russian weapons; India to send team

NEW DELHI: India will send a high-level technical team to the United States to understand Washington’s concerns on how India intends to secure sophisticated American-origin weapons alongside equally-capable Russian systems.
ET has reliably gathered that the decision to send a team, comprising of senior armed forces officials among others, was made after Washington officially raised concerns over its highly advanced military equipment being exposed to the Russian origin S-400 air defence system.
India is expecting a US waiver under the new CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) to purchase this system from Russia.
This issue is also likely to come up in India-US deliberations ahead of the 2+2 dialogue in September when US secretary of state Mike Pompeo will be here with secretary of defence James Mattis to hold talks with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The problem for the US arises from the fear that digital codes could either be compromised or cracked since the Indian armed forces have military platforms sourced from different countries,