In­dia to Get Rus­sian S- 00 Tri­umf Mis­sile Sys­tem in 2017

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NEW DELHI. Ac­cord­ing to In­dian De­fense Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar, "The five fir­ing units of the S-400 Long Range Sur­face to Air Mis­sile sys­tem are planned for in­duc­tion in In­dian Air Force in the 13th plan pe­riod (2017-2022)."

The In­dian Air Force plans to in­tro­duce Rus­sian S- 400 Tri­umf Mis­sile Sys­tem to its mil­i­tary arse­nal next year. The cost of the deal has not been di­vulged by In­dia but ac­cord­ing to other sources, In­dia is likely to pay ap­prox­i­mately $6 bil­lion for five S400 units.

Par­rikar also said that the S-400 is bet­ter in terms of the num­ber of tar­gets and max­i­mum radar cross-sec­tion of tar­gets en­gaged si­mul­ta­ne­ously as com­pared to the S-300. It also takes less de­ploy­ment time as com­pared to the S-300. "The S- 400 has many qual­i­ties. It has a very high range. Our 40- year- old ex­ist­ing air de­fense sys­tem has a range of only 20-25 kilo­me­ters. With S-400, we can tar­get en­emy air­craft from a range of 250 kilo­me­ters. If we are to pro­tect big cities like Delhi, Mum­bai and Ban­ga­lore, this sys­tem will help us de­stroy en­emy planes and mis­siles from quite a far range."

The S-400 is the most ad­vanced air de­fence sys­tem in the world and many coun­tries are vy­ing to pur­chase the units in­clud­ing China. How­ever, Rus­sia has made it clear to prospec­tive buy­ers that it will only sell the sys­tem to for­eign coun­tries af­ter its own mil­i­tary re­quire­ments are ful­filled.

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