Russia is ready to supply S-400 air defense systems to India

MOSCOW, BM, ($1= 74.50 Russian Rubles) – The batch of S-400, scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter to India, is in the final stages of production, Rosoboronexport chief Alexander Mikheev told Interfax on Tuesday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. “The first part, which is planned for delivery, is in the final stage of production,” Mikheev said on the sidelines of MAKS-2021.

“The shipment is in the fourth quarter. The first batch of specialists has already been trained. Everything is according to plan,” he said.

It was officially announced that in early October 2018, “on the sidelines” of the Russian-Indian talks at the summit, a contract was signed for the supply of S-400 Triumph air defense systems for India [VKO Almaz-Antey JSC] for $ 5.43 billion dollars. India will receive five S-400 regimental sets. The first regimental set is expected to be delivered by the end of 2021, and all systems by the end of 2024.

On February 14, 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that the Russian Federation was beginning to receive an advance from India for the S-400. A few days later, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov announced the start of production of the S-400 for India.

The S-400 Triumph air defense system [developed and manufactured by VKO Almaz-Antey JSC] is designed to engage strategic and tactical aircraft, ballistic missiles, hypersonic targets and other air attack weapons in electronic and other types of countermeasures. a distance of up to 400 km for hitting aerodynamic targets, as well as a range of up to 60 km – ballistic targets flying at speeds up to 4.8 km/sec at altitudes from several meters to several tens of kilometers.

Possible US sanctions

As we reported in January this year, the India’s multibillion-dollar deal to buy Russia’s S-400 air defense system could trigger US sanctions on New Delhi. This information states in the US Congress Research Service (CRS) report, which writes the Indian newspaper Mint.

CRS is an independent, bipartisan research wing of Congress. The CRS reports are not an official report of the US Congress and do not represent the congressmen’s views. Independent experts prepare them to help legislators make informed decisions.

The document notes that New Delhi “is committed to greater technology exchange and co-production of initiatives,” while the US is calling for further India reforms. The Americans propose concentrating on defense financing and imposing higher restrictions on foreign direct investment in this sector.

The report, prepared for Congress members, warned that New Delhi’s multibillion-dollar deal to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system could cause US restrictions on India under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

S-400 gives India advantage over Pakistan

Birender Singh Dhanoa, a Indian military expert believes that the Russian S-400 air defense systems have some advantages. According to the specialist, with the use of both combat vehicles [French Rafale fighter – ed.], India will gain technological superiority over Pakistan.

The fact is that both products have a range of destruction, which is sufficient to eliminate the aircraft of a neighbor, such as the multifunctional light fighters of the fourth generation F-16, etc., in the sky over its territory.

Rafale will strike at enemy aircraft with Meteor long-range guided missiles, the range of fire of which is 150-200 km, and the S-400 will use 40N6 with an indicator of 250 km.

He explained that the Himalayan mountains lie between the two states, and they are a serious problem for line of sight. In this case, missiles with a range of at least 300-400 km can be delivered in Tibet or India, but they will work only within the line of sight.

The military expert concluded that in this situation, the S-400 air defense systems, developed to combat advanced heavy stealth aircraft, would be more useful.

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