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India to get S-400 missile defense system this year

Russian S-400 missile-defense system (Vitaly V. Kuzmin/WikiCommons)
May 28, 2021

In an effort to establish a more dense network of air defense systems over strategic locations, India will be receiving the first batch of the sophisticated S-400 anti-aircraft surface-to-air missile systems from Russia between October and December this year, according to The Print.

In 2019, India made the first batch of payments totaling $800 million to Russia for the missile systems. The sophisticated and highly-regarded S-400 is known to be Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defense system.

In December, Russia said implementation of its ongoing defense deals with India, which included the supply of a batch of S-400 missile systems, is advancing well notwithstanding the threat of U.S. sanctions.

The S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is an anti-aircraft missile system designed to neutralize incoming aircraft, and missiles, as well as ground targets. 

The system includes the 48N6E3 (48N6E2), 40N6E, and 9M96E2 anti-aircraft guided missiles, and a 30K6E control system. The defense system can destroy the missiles of targets in a wide range of aircraft and air maneuvering targets at greater distances and with a launch range of 3,000 to 3,500 km (1,864 to 2,175 mi.).