First Indian S-400 air defense system goes into service in 2021

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NEW DELHI, (BM) – The first complex of the S-400 Triumph air defense system will arrive in India in 2021, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according to a statement by the press secretariat of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation.

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“The duration of the contract has been discussed in detail with Indian partners. The delivery of the first regiment is expected by the end of 2021,” said Vorobyova, a member of the Federal Service.

We remind you that the United States is trying its best to oppose such action by India. Washington threatens New Delhi with economic sanctions. However, India has repeatedly stated that it will not allow external forces to interfere in the country’s defense and armaments.

Do you remember such statements? Yes, Turkish President Erdogan said exactly the same thing almost a year and a half ago, in exactly the same situation – Turkey had already paid for the systems and was just waiting for delivery.

According to Vorobyova, accelerating the delivery of the first complex to India is impossible for technical reasons, and the prospects for faster delivery of the next batch should be discussed with Indian colleagues.

It will be recalled that it was previously announced that during the negotiations at the highest level in 2018 a contract was signed for the supply of five sets of S-400 “Triumph”.

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Russian S-400 air defense systems give India advantage over Pakistan

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 [S-400 and French Rafale fighters – 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.

At the same time, the military vehicles themselves should not suffer from the Pakistani army, since their PL-12 and AIM-120C air-to-air missiles have a maximum range of 100 km. If we look at China, then, according to Birender Dhanoa, it is doubtful that Rafale is effectively opposing the PLA.

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.

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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. Journalists from the American edition of Military Watch believe that plans for Pakistan’s renewal of its aircraft fleet, which should take place with the support of the PRC [People’s Republic of China – ed.], also pose a threat to the Rafale.

At the moment, the countries are already cooperating on the creation of the AMCA stealth fighter. However, the authors of the article argue that he will not be able to challenge the S-400 air defense system.

India will ban the import of foreign weapons

India has published a list of weapons, military and special equipment (AME), the import of which will be banned for the next seven years. There are 101 samples in total, BulgarianMilitary.com reported earlier this month. The main goal pursued by New Delhi is to strengthen the self-sufficiency of its military-industrial base.

The list includes weapons such as artillery, assault rifles, corvettes, sonar systems, transport aircraft, ammunition, radar stations, diesel-electric submarines, communications satellites, and ship-based cruise missiles.

Announcing the move, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh called it “a big step towards self-sustaining defense production in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat or Self-Sufficient India.”

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Atmanirbhar Bharat is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India an independent nation. The first mention of this came in the form of “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” or “Self-Reliant India Mission” during the announcement of the economic package related to the coronavirus pandemic on May 12, 2020.

At the same time, it is emphasized that this independent policy does not seek to be protectionist.

Rajnath Singh added that this decision will open up an excellent opportunity for the national defense industry to produce weapons from the published list, using the capabilities of domestic design and development.

“It is planned that the arms import embargo will be gradually introduced between 2020 and 2024,” the Indian Defense Ministry said in a statement. “The purpose of the release of the list is to assess the Indian defense industry in relation to the expected needs of the Indian armed forces, so that they are better prepared to equip the army and navy with weapons of national design and manufacture.”

A total of $ 53.4 billion worth of weapons and military equipment samples from the list are to be produced in India with the participation of local companies as prime contractors.

Of this, about $ 17.3 billion will go to Army or Air Force programs, and $ 18.6 billion worth of defense contracts will go to naval programs. The Indian Ministry of Defense said these orders would be placed with domestic companies over the next five to seven years.

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A military spokesman in New Delhi said Indian industry now has a better chance of competing domestically and meeting local demand. “Transfer of foreign technology will be key. However, Indian companies will lead this process,” the official added.

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