India will put the S-400 into operational readiness on time

NEW DELHI ($1=79.43 Indian Rupees) — India will make the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system operational on time, sources say. This will happen as supplies to India from Russia are on time. This was stated by Denis Alipov, the Russian ambassador to India, quoted by TASS.

Russia and Turkey discuss the supply of an additional batch of S-400 missile system
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Despite pressure from the US and Western economic sanctions, Russia and India are engaged in their interests, Alipov said. “For this reason, the delivery of the S-400 to India is untimely,” he said.

Alipov believes that India’s national interests are more important than American sanctions. And the national interests of the Asian country, he also says, are related to building a defense potential. With his speech, Alipov assured the Indian authorities that Moscow intends to honor the contract for the production and delivery of the S-400. “Both we and the Indian partners are interested in fulfilling the respective obligations, including the deadlines,” Alipov said.

Alipov recalled that there is a proven long-term partnership between India and Russia. He also recalled that recently [in 2021], India and Russia signed a new long-term cooperation program in the field of defense, security, and military technology. This program concerns the period 2021-2031.

Russia will remain India’s partner, especially in terms of defense, Alipov confirmed, expressing hope that the signed military cooperation program will be implemented.

The warning from Washington

In 2020, Washington “threatened” New Delhi that if it purchased the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, economic sanctions would follow. The same has happened with Turkey. The “threat” came from the US State Department but was more of a warning as a possibility, not that it would happen. “India is not immune from economic sanctions,” read the press release issued at the time.

Russia has already started supplying S-400 to India. At least according to the words of Alexander Mikheev, the head of Rosoboronexport. “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 the Dubai Airshow last year in November.

Turkey already has the last generation missiles for its S-400 anti-aircraft systems
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What S-400 SAM system is?

S-400 Triumph is a Russian long-range and medium-range anti-aircraft missile system, anti-aircraft missile system [SAM]. S-400 is designed to destroy all modern and promising means of aerospace attack [including hypersonic].

According to Western analysts, the S-400, along with systems such as the Iskander OTRK and coastal anti-ship systems of the Bastion class, plays a key role in the new concept of the Russian Armed Forces, known in the West as the “Access Denied Zone” [Anti-Access / Area Denial, A2 / AD], which consists in the fact that NATO troops cannot be and move within the range of A2 / AD restricted area systems without the risk of causing unacceptable damage to them.

Triumph is the name of the export version. The market price of one division of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system is about $ 500 million.

The performance characteristics of the S-400 Triumph are: detects a target at a distance of 600 km; strikes a target at a distance of 400 km; the maximum speed of the hit targets – 4.8 km / s; at the same time can fire 36 targets with pointing up to 72 missiles on them; deployment time of the system from the stowed state – 5-10 minutes; the time to bring the system’s assets into combat readiness from the deployed state is 3 minutes.

Russia armed S-300 and S-400 with different missiles for better defense flexibility
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How does the S-400 SAM work?

The S-400 Triumph is not just an installation for launching missiles, but a whole complex of coordinated and complex systems, the components of which are located on high-cross-country vehicles.

The entire process from detecting to destroying a target occurs automatically:

1st – The radar system [radar] detects hundreds of targets within a radius of 600 km and determines their nationality.

2nd – Data is sent to the command post [55K6E]. He, in turn, distributes targets between several launchers [5P85TE2].

3rd- Each command post can simultaneously control eight air defense systems, each of which carries up to 12 launchers. They, in turn, accommodate four missiles with different masses, launch ranges, and capabilities.

4th – Depending on the type of target, an air defense system selects a missile. The S-400 Triumph is armed with missiles with different weights, launch ranges, and capabilities: 48N6E, 48N6E2, 48N6E3, 9M96E, and 9M96E2.

5th – Ultra-long-range missiles [up to 400 km] are capable of destroying targets even beyond the reach of targeting locators, for which they have unique homing heads. After climbing at the command of such a rocket itself goes into search mode

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