New Delhi : Amid the Ukraine war, Russia is going to give the third batch of state-of-the-art S-400 missile defence system to the Indian Air Force next year. This deal of five squadron S-400 missile system between India and Russia is worth more than ₹35,000 crore.
The whole world is in awe of this Russian missile defence system. The deliveries of all the five consignments are expected to be completed by the end of the next financial year.
Despite the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, India will start receiving the third batch of S-400 missile defence system from Russia from January-February next year. Russia enhanced Indian military power by giving the second consignment of S-400. The second squadron from Russia has been deployed in the northern and eastern regions of the country. This system can destroy enemy ballistic and cruise missiles, fighter aircraft up to 400 km. In December last year, the army has deployed the first batch of missile defence system in the Punjab sector.
An eight-member Indian Air Force team had undergone S-400 training in Russia and returned commence training courses for other personnel. There are eight launchers in each flight and two missiles in each launcher. To counter the threat perception from China and Pakistan, India was in great need of this powerful air defence system.
The Defence Ministers of Russia and India on December 6, 2021, had signed the deal. A total of five regiments (flights) of S-400 ‘Triumph’ missiles are to be received by the IAF by October 2023. The country received the first batch in December 2021 during President Putin’s visit. Meanwhile, after the start of the war with Ukraine in February, the supply of S-400 system was getting clouded, but Russia supplied the second batch of S-400.
The missile system can destroy enemy fighter aircraft, helicopters and UAVs by targeting multi targets simultaneously. The distance of this missile system is about 400 kilometers. The anti-ballistic missile can attack faster than the speed of sound. The missile system is equipped with four different missiles that can identify any threat flying 100 feet above the ground.