US curbs loom, but India works to induct Russia S-400 systems
NEW DELHI: Undeterred by the threat of US sanctions, India is going full steam ahead with its induction plan for the advanced S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems from Russia. Ahead of the deliveries beginning in September-October, a large IAF team will be leaving for Russia later this month.
All five mobile squadrons of the S-400 air defence systems, under the $5.43 billion (Rs 40,000 crore) contract inked with Russia in October 2018, will be progressively delivered by April 2023.
The highly-automated S-400s, which can detect, track and destroy hostile strategic bombers, jets, spy planes, missiles and drones at a range of 380-km, will be “suitably positioned in the western, northern and eastern sectors” to cater for threats from both China and Pakistan, say defence ministry sources.
An initial team of almost 100 officers and airmen will leave for Russia in the last week of January for training in operations and maintenance of the “massive” S-400 systems. “A second IAF team will follow suit after a few months. With the deliveries beginning this September-October, the first S-400 squadron should become operational in India by end-2021 or early-2022,” said a source on Sunday.
The S-400, which will “revolutionize India’s air defence capabilities”, will have missiles with interception ranges of 120, 200, 250 and 380-km as well as battle-management systems of command posts and launchers, long-range acquisition and engagement radars, and all-terrain transporter-erector vehicles.
The US has imposed financial sanctions on China and Turkey for inducting the S-400 systems from Russia. India had earlier mounted a major diplomatic-military campaign to convince the Trump administration, stressing the S-400 acquisition was a “urgent national security requirement” for it.
As reported by TOI earlier, India has assured it will “never compromise the operational secrecy” of the weapon systems it has bought or will buy from the US, while pointing to its unblemished record of not passing sensitive military information of a country to a third party.
IAF initially wanted 10 S-400 squadrons but it was cut down to 5 due to the high costs involved
usa wants to sell its crap thaad system that's why bullying us. take no notice
There is a strong possibility that Chinese threat may be over before 2023. Chinese are fighting with every country. In any case, the US must understand that India will buy military hardware from any country.
US has the habit of treating it’s allies worse than how it treats it’s enemies.
No country should be able to dictate Indian foreign policy.
US doesn't want other countries to progress. Today US main opponent is china because of its massive growth, tomorrow it may be India.
Every nation has fre m to decide what defense equipment ,armamments ,weapons it needs .One nation can not dictate what other nation should have .We all know US wants us to buy from them but not best in the feild
K Mohan Hyderabad city
In the emerging situation India has become the global player post pandemic and there is no denial
Just buy some 5 or 10 billions dollars weapons from united state they will not gonna put any sanctions on india
John K V
USA thinks they can bully India. just we are buying arms from Russia they stupid guys wants to boycott India. India is not a toy and USA can never be trusted. Russia is more better friendly country than USA
Very good decision by India. Real Grit
There are no permanent friends or permanent enemies. We do best for us. Others is bye bye
MODI WILL MEET THE SAME FATE AS HIS CLOSE FRIEND DONALD TRUMP. NOW WITH BIDEN IN, FEKU WILL HAVE A TROUBLE. NOT BUYING ARMS FROM U.S WILL INFURIATE THEM AND BUYING FROM RUSSIA WILL LEAVE FEKU IN A STATE OF
Big mistake to induct S-400. What's the point? China has it and soon Pakistan and Iran will have it too. So no gain, it total balance. Dump these Russian junk, never battle-tested S-400, nobody has ever seen if these work in real battle situation.
Pak and S-400? who will fund a beggar?
巴基斯坦买得起S - 400 ?谁会资助一个乞丐?
Good.... Security of Nation first.
The world must remember India is now a super power!
They put sanctions, we put sanctions. No worries.