India receives S-400 anti-aircraft systems ahead of schedule

NEW DELHI, ($1=74.40 Indian Rupees) – Russia has begun deliveries of S-400 systems to India ahead of schedule; the first regimental set will be shipped at the end of the year, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, the head of Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheev statement.

Russia and Turkey discuss the supply of an additional batch of S-400 missile system
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“All the property of the first regimental set will be delivered to India at the end of 2021. The deliveries are carried out by the terms of the contract. The shipment of the property began ahead of schedule,” Mikheev told reporters at Dubai Airshow.

According to him, the Indian specialists who will operate the first regimental set completed their training and left for their homeland.

“Immediately after the New Year, our specialists will arrive in India to hand over the equipment in the places of its deployment,” Mikheev said.

The head of the company also named Rosoboronexport’s portfolio of orders for air defense systems – almost $ 14 billion [anti-aircraft missile systems and complexes, radars and radars, automated control systems, electronic warfare, and electronic warfare systems, anti-UAV weapons].

Russia has begun deliveries to India of the first batch of S-400 air defense systems, Dmitry Shugaev, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) of the Russian Federation, told Interfax the day before.

S-400 gives India advantage over Pakistan

A 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, India will gain technological superiority over Pakistan.

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, said an indian expert in August last year.

Russia and India discussed joint production

In 2019, Moscow and New Delhi discused an issue of production of Russia’s S-400 air defense systems components in India, as the CEO of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec Sergei Chemezov said then in an interview with business daily RBC.

“Yes, we are discussing the localization with India,” Chemezov said when asked whether the production of S-400 components in India was possible.

The Rostec head reminded that Russia had already sold licenses to India for Su-30 combat aircraft, T-90 tank, while “BrahMos missile were developed jointly with them, on their territory and in collaboration with their scientists.”

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