Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)
Part of: Prelims and GS II – International relations and GS-III – Defence and security
Context In the first such signal to New Delhi, visiting US Deputy Secretary of State has indicated that Washington might reconsider slapping sanctions on the Indian government when India takes delivery of five Russian-built S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems in a US$5.5 billion deal later this year.
What is CAATSA?
- Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)‘s core objective is to counter Iran, Russia and North Korea through punitive measures.
- Enacted in 2017.
- Includes sanctions against countries that engage in significant transactions with Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors.
What is S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems?
- The S-400 Triumf is a mobile, surface-to-air missile system (SAM) designed by Russia.
- It is the most dangerous operationally deployed modern long-range SAM (MLR SAM) in the world, considered much ahead of the US-developed Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD).