nam wrote:Would this law apply to NATO members who have Russian kit?
Nam Saar, let us simplify this. This law applies to *ANYONE* who buys Russian kit. If Romulans from Star Trek bought Russian kit, they too would fall under the law. That is what the Americans want you to believe and they have the economic & military might to enforce that. It could be anything we buy and if they feel it enhances Russia's posture in anyway, they will enforce the sanction. See below....As India Goes Military Shopping in Russia, US Reminds of Moscow Sanctionshttps://www.news18.com/news/india/as-in ... 53107.html
She acknowledged the US understands the historic defence relationship between India and Russia. "We understand all of that. It's a function of what are we talking about? Are you buying, a single truck; are you buying a large scale system ... these are things we're going to talk about," she said.
Large scale system can mean anything to them. They define what is large scale. It could be a follow on order for Krivak III frigates, lease of another Akula boat, S-400 SAMs, etc. This is nothing new for the policy makers in India, however it just reinforces the mistrust that we in India have vis-a-viv the Americans. And if anyone thinks, this is only against Russia...think again. The Amreekis believe they can enforce whatever suits their fancy. This is classic school yard bully behaviour. But that is human nature. They can say and do whatever they want, but the key is to *NOT* fall into the trap of signing these agreements. US hindering completion of Egypt-France Rafale deal: La Tribunehttp://www.egyptindependent.com/us-hind ... a-tribune/
The French weekly financial newspaper La Tribune reported on Friday that a deal between Cairo and France over the sale of 12 Rafale jet fighters to Egypt has been blocked because the US is refusing to export a component of a cruise missile that is part of the plane.
Now that does mean we should start dhoti shivering because of this? On the contrary, let them impose the sanctions if we bought something from Russia, France or whoever else. Stop the supply of spares of the P-8I Neptune, C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster. There are billions of dollars in the pipeline for US companies to lose out on. A few that come to mind are;
1) Honeywell F125 engine for the Jaguar (confirmed)
2) Sale of CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache (confirmed)
3) F-16 and F-18 (in competition with other OEMs)
4) Follow on order of P-8I Neptunes (confirmed)
5) Follow on order of C-130 Hercules (confirmed, but not sure if deliveries began)
6) Last C-17 Globemaster (the white tail one, confirmed)
How are they planning to explain the loss of billions to the CEOs of Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Honeywell and others because of the sanctions their government imposed? Now if they want us to *NOT* lease another Akula (for example), will the Amreekis be willing to lease out a Virginia Class boat to us instead? They don't hand out sensitive platforms even to their poodles, why would they do it for us? Gone are the days (like Pokharan '98) when they willy-nilly imposed sanctions on India for doing nuclear testing. Now if they impose sanctions, they lose too. We will suffer (capability wise), but they will feel hurt as well.
The *REAL* question is how much hurt (financially) are they willing to absorb?