India to take delivery of first Russian S-400 air defense missile system at the end of this year

According to information released by the Russian press agency TASS on October 6, 2021, the first Russian-made S-400 (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) air defense missile systems will be delivered to India at the end of the year, Indian Air Force Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said.
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Battery of S-400 air defense missile system including mobile launcher unit, tracking radar, detection radar, and command post.  (Picture source

“The delivery of S-400 systems is on schedule. I hope that the first batch will be made operational this year,” The Hindu newspaper quoted Chaudhari as saying.

As the press office of Russia’s Rosoboronexport state arms seller told TASS earlier, Russia has been delivering S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems to India on schedule. There are plans to deliver the first S-400 regiment set to India by the end of 2021. Indian servicemen have arrived in Russia to learn to operate the missile system.

New Delhi announced its plans to purchase S-400 systems in 2015. In October 2018, India had signed a USD 5 billion deal with Russia to buy five units of the S-400 air defense missile systems during a visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to India.

In comparison to its predecessor S-300, the S-400 sports an upgraded radar system and a software update that enables it to fire new types of missiles. The S-400 can fire four different types of missiles including the short-range 9M96E with a range of 40 km, medium-range 9M96E2 with a range of 120 km, long-range 48N6 with a range of 250 km, and the very long-range 40N6E with a range of 400 km. 

The S-400 is integrated with autonomous detection and targeting systems, launchers, multifunctional radars, and command and control and is equipped with the capability to fire multiple missiles to create a layered defense. Furthermore, it can track 80 targets simultaneously and can be made operational within five minutes. 

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