India to fully deploy 1st S-400 Missile System Regiment next month

Russian S-400 missile defense system

India will likely complete the deployment of the first Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system regiment next month, Indian military officials say, a move aimed at boosting the country’s air defense capabilities without the risk of ‘possible US sanctions.

The Saturday, The hindu, one of India’s leading newspapers, quoted unnamed Indian military officials as saying that the Indian Air Force was likely to complete the deployment of the first regiment of the S-400 Triumf missile system to a Punjab air base here. February. Officials added that the process of deploying the advanced missile system had started and that it would take at least six more weeks to complete the deployment.

“Transportation of various critical components of the missile systems as well as its peripheral equipment to the deployment site is underway,” one of the officials said.

The S-400 entered service with the Russian military in 2007 and is considered Russia’s most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system. Capable of engaging targets at distances of 400 kilometers and at altitudes of up to 30 kilometers, the missile system can destroy aircraft as well as cruise and ballistic missiles. It can also be used against ground targets.

In October 2018, India signed a $ 5.4 billion deal with Russia to purchase five units of the long-range missile system. The supplies will expose India to punitive action by the United States under the provisions of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a 2017 law designed to deter countries from purchasing Russian military equipment.

The administration of former US President Donald Trump warned New Delhi that the continuation of the contract could lead to US sanctions. However, the administration of outgoing President Joe Biden has not yet clarified whether it will impose sanctions on India under CAATSA for the purchase of the S-400.

In 2020, the United States imposed sanctions on NATO ally Turkey for the acquisition of S-400 missiles from Russia.

Last month Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the S-400 agreement between New Delhi and Moscow has very important significance for India’s defense capability. “The S-400 agreement not only has symbolic significance, it has very important practical significance for India’s defense capability and the situation is essentially ongoing. The agreement is being implemented, ”he said at the time.

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