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India is anticipated to receive five S-400 squadrons before the end of this year.

NEW DELHI: Russia is now delivering the third squadron of S-400 Triumf missile systems to India.

The third operational squadron of the Russian S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems has now started receiving its initial delivery, according to insiders who spoke to the Indian daily.

India is struggling with alternative payment methods for fresh Russian weapon delivery and their maintenance under Western sanctions on Russia, but “it’s being managed,” a source told the newspaper.

India is anticipated to receive five S-400 squadrons before the end of this year.

India declared its plan to purchase the Russian air defence systems in 2015. On his trip to India in October 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a $5.43 billion deal to deliver five S-400 squadrons.

Under Western sanctions against Russia, India has to find alternate payment ways for the supply of new Russian weapons and their maintenance, but “it’s being managed,” a source told the newspaper.

Before the year is over, India should acquire five S-400 squadrons.

In 2015, India announced its intention to buy Russian air defence systems. Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, signed a $5.43 billion contract to provide five S-400 squadrons during a visit to India in October 2018.

The system is capable of engaging adversary fighter jets, drones, ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as cruise missiles with a 400-kilometer range.

Five squadrons of S-400 air defence missiles will be purchased by India in a three-year, more than 35,000 crore agreement between India and Russia. All deliveries are expected to be finished by the end of the next fiscal year.

The Indian Air Force feels the S-400 will change the game despite recently receiving Israeli Spyder rapid reaction surface to air missile systems as well as indigenous MR-SAM and Akash missile systems. The air defence capabilities of the Indian Air Force have greatly increased in recent years.

The enemies have reportedly been disturbed by the participation of the S-400 missile systems in exercises because they are aware of the Indian system’s better capabilities to those of the Chinese system.

China and India both have S-400 air defence systems deployed along the Line of Actual Control at the moment.

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