Russia starts delivery of S-400 missiles to India; India gets a boost by the surface-to-air missile system

Director of Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugaev said that the country is ready to have started supplying the S-400 missiles or Triumf air defense systems to India. There they said that the first unit will be deployed near the Western Front. It is believed that it can tackle threats from both parts of the borders with Pakistan and China- Indian Express reported.

“The supplies of the S-400 air defense system to India have started and are proceeding on schedule,” said Shugaev. The surface-to-air missile will be a major boost to India’s capabilities to take out enemy fighter aircraft and cruise missiles at long range.

Apart from the mission, India and Russia also collaborated closely in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The collaboration was then fixed where Russia extended all possible help to India in fighting the virus during the pandemic. Russian and India signed a contract on the delivery of S-400s in October 2018 whereas the S-400 has already entered service in China and Turkey earlier. India signed a $5.43 billion deal with Russia in 2018 and officials have said that all deliveries are to be completed within five years.

The S-400 missile defense system is equipped with four different missiles, which can engage enemy aircraft, ballistic missiles, and Airborne Warning And Control System planes at 400km, 250km, the medium-range 120km, and the short-range 40km.

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According to sources, parts of the missile systems are coming through air and sea routes and will be deployed quickly at designated locations. With the launch of the S400, New Delhi is also preparing for a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is expected to visit India on December 6. This is Putin’s first foreign visit since the Covid-19 pandemic.