THE THIRD SQUADRON OF RUSSIAN S-400 AIR DEFENCE SYSTEMS IS BEING DELIVERED TO INDIA – RUSSIAN MEDIA

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India is expected 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.

“After some delay, initial delivery of the third operational squadron of Russia’s S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems have finally commenced,” sources informed the Indian publication.

In the midst of Western sanctions against Russia, India is attempting to devise alternative payment systems for new delivery of Russian weapons and their upkeep, “but it’s being managed,” a source told the newspaper.

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

India stated its plan to purchase Russian air defence systems in 2015. During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s October 2018 visit to India, a $5.43 billion contract for the delivery of five S-400 squadrons was inked.

The S-400 ‘Triumf’ is Russia’s most recent long- and medium-range surface-to-air missile system. It is designed to destroy strategic and tactical aircraft (including stealth jets), but it may also hit other air targets under radio-electronic countermeasures and firing conditions.

In 2015, India revealed its plan to purchase Russian air defence systems. During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s October 2018 visit to India, a $5.43 billion contract to deliver five S-400 squadrons was signed.

The Russian S-400 ‘Triumf’ is the most recent long- and medium-range surface-to-air missile system. It is designed to destroy strategic and tactical aircraft (including stealth planes) and can hit any other air targets in the presence of radio-electronic countermeasures and firing.

India has already deployed its first two missile system squadrons. The first two squadrons have been dispatched to patrol the Ladakh sector, as well as the delicate Chicken’s Neck Corridor in West Bengal and the entire north-eastern region.

The system has the capability of engaging adversary fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles, ballistic and cruise missiles, and cruise missiles with ranges of up to 400 kilometres.

India and Russia have agreed to a three-year, more than 35,000 crore contract for India to purchase five squadrons of S-400 air defence missiles, with all deliveries expected to be completed by the end of the fiscal year following.

The Indian Air Force, which has lately received indigenous MR-SAM and Akash missile systems, as well as Israeli Spyder quick reaction surface-to-air missile systems, feels the S-400 will change the game. In recent years, the Indian Air Force has greatly enhanced its air defence capabilities.

The S-400 missile systems have also engaged in exercises, which has frightened enemies because they are aware of the Indian system’s superior capabilities to those of the Chinese system.

China and India currently have S-400 air defence systems stationed along the Line of Actual Control.

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