Russia begins delivery of 2nd regiment of S-400 missile, amid west piling up sanctions
India is all set to receive from Russia the second batch of the most advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile defence system that can strike any air targets at a range between 40-400km. In October 2018, India signed a $5 billion contract with Moscow to procure five S-400 defence system from Russia.
Each S-400 system has eight vehicle-mounted launchers. Each launcher has four tubes allowing the commander on the ground to launch four missiles from each launcher. During the stand-off at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) China had deployed the S-300, a version lower than S-400, facing Eastern Ladakh.
The delivery comes just weeks after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited India and met with External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The second squadron of the missile systems is coming at a time when the western countries are piling up sanctions on Russia over its war in Ukraine. India has, however, maintained a neutral stand as Moscow is India’s largest defence supplier.
The first batch of S-400 deliveries commenced in December 2021 and is expected to be completed by April 2023. Earlier, it was feared that war in Ukraine may delay the delivery of the system from Russia.
The report said that by end of this month, the delivery of the missile system will be completed, and thereafter it will be deployed. The first batch of the defence system arrived in India in December 2021. The system has been deployed in the western region to thwart and air threats coming from Pakistan and China.
The first regiment was raised in December last year and is stationed at an Indian Air Force base in Punjab, duly tasked to tackle air-borne threats from Pakistan and China.
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