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New Delhi: Russia is going to give India the S-400 air defence missile system soon. Not only this, some air defence missile systems have already started reaching India.

According to Dmitry Shugaev, director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Russia has started supplying S-400 air defence missile systems to India. The institute is the main defence export control organization of the Russian government.

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At the same time, according to sources associated with the Indian Defense Department, parts of the Air Defense Missile System have started reaching India and they will first be deployed at a place close to the western border. This will be the area from where threats from both the western and northern borders with Pakistan can be dealt with. Parts of the air defence system will first be deployed closer to the western border. From here, threats from Pakistan and China can be dealt with on both the western and northern borders. India and Russia have signed a deal worth about Rs 35000 crore for this air defence system. Under the deal, India will get five squadrons to deal with an air range of 400 km. The delivery of the first squadron is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

In August, the head of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheev, had said negotiations on supplying the S-400 were under way with seven countries in West Asia, the Asia-Pacific region, and Africa. (Reuters )

Sources said the equipment is being brought to India by both sea and air routes. After the deployment of the first squadron in the country, the IAF will start focusing on the eastern frontiers for its deployment along with providing resources for training of its personnel within the country. Some officers and personnel of the Indian Air Force have also taken training in Russia to operate the S-400.

The S-400 missile system is equipped with four different missiles that can destroy enemy aircraft, ballistic missiles and AWACS aircraft from a distance of 400 km, 250 km, 120 km and 40 km respectively. Sources say that while bargaining with Russia on this deal, India managed to reduce about one billion dollars.


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