S-400 Deal: India to get first delivery of missiles within two years, says Russian official

S-400 Deal: India to get first delivery of missiles within two years, says Russian official

Courtesy : Agencies21/10/2018 09:01

New Delhi, Oct 19: India is likely to get the first deliveries of the S-400 Triumf air defence system from Russia within two years.

India signed a deal with Russia for the S-400 missile system earlier this month during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi to attend the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit.

The S-400 missile defence system would give India's defence a cutting-edge security against any missile attack by its enemies.

“The first deliveries are expected within two years,” Russian news agency TASS quoted Dmitry Shugaev, the head of Russia’s Federal service for Military Technical cooperation, as saying.

In reaction to deal, the United States President Donald Trump has said India would soon find out if the punitive Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) apply to it or not.

Last month, the US had imposed sanctions on China for the purchase of S-400 from Russia.

The CAATSA was enacted by the United States with an aim to punish Russia for meddling in 2006 presidental elections. The law also threatens sanctions against countries for having any security and intelligence relations with Russia.

What is the S-400 Trimuf?

The S-400 Triumf missile is an anti-aircraft weapon system developed in the 1990s by Russia’s Almaz central Design Bureau as an upgrade of the S-300 family.

The S-400 uses four missiles to fill its performance envelop -- the very long-range 40N6 (400 km) and the short-range 9M96E (40 km). It has been described one of the best air-defence systems in the world and can provide a layered defence.

S-400 Trimuf can engage all types of aerial targets such as aircraft, ballistic and cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, which are within the range of 400 Km, at an altitude of up to 30 km.

It integrates a multifunction radar, autonomous detection and targeting systems, anti-aircraft missile systems, launchers and command and control centre.

India and Russia have been discussing the purchase of S-400 since 2015.


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