Tuesday, December 7, 2021

In a major fillip to India Air defence ecosystem, Russia initiates the delivery of S-400 missile


Giving a major fillip to the Indian air-defence ecosystem, Russia has initiated the delivery of much awaited S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems to India.

The development has come in the aftermath of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India, which is scheduled for next month for an annual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The delivery of the first batch of S-400 air defence systems will set the stage for the two sides renewing their military-technical cooperation for the next decade.

“Russia has started supplying the S-400 air defense system to India”, Director of Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), Dmitry Shugaev said in the Dubai air show. FSMTC is the Russian government’s main defence export control organisation.

The Mega $5 billion deal

In 2018, India inked a mega US$ 5 billion ( around Rs 35,000 crore) deal with Russia for five squadrons of S-400 air defence system.

Considered as one of the most advanced air-defence systems in the world, S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile can strike a target of around 400 km. Notably, the air defence system can detect, track and destroy incoming strategic bombers, jets, spy planes, ballistic missiles and drones also.

Additionally, the S-400 missile defence system is equipped with four different missiles which can strike an aerial threat like enemy’s aircraft, ballistic missiles, and AWACS planes at the range of 400 km, 250 km, the medium-range 120 km and the short-range 40 km.

The delivery of all five mobile squadrons of the highly-automated S-400 systems are expected to be done by the end of this year, which is being brought to India through both sea and air routes. It is noteworthy that the systems would be focused on the Eastern borders along with providing resources for training of personnel within the country.

Countries with S-400

To date, Russia has deployed over 20 battalions of the S-400 Triumf and the country plans to increase this number further.

Some of the first countries to get the air defence missile systems were Algeria in 2015 and close Russian ally Belarus in 2016. China also acquired two systems reportedly starting in 2018 while Turkey received its first battalion in 2019.

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