India and Russia last week signed a $5 billion deal to acquire five new generation Russian S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems along with other defense equipment.
The deals were announced following talks held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit on Saturday.
The air defense missile system is capable of engaging all types of aerial targets including aircraft and Very Low Observable craft.
The S-400 can neutralize drones as well as ballistic and cruise missiles within a range of 400 kms up to an altitude of 32 kms. The system is equipped with three different types of missiles and radar capable of tracking up to 300 targets within the range of about 600 kms, creating a layered defense and can engage up to 36 targets simultaneously.
India is the only second customer after China who bought the missile defense system for US $3 billion last year. Russian experts proclaim that the S-400 system can shoot down fifth-generation fighter jets, like America’s most advanced F-35s.
The S-400 is a combat proven missile defense system already in use in Syria. A S-400 air defense system was delivered and deployed on combat duty by Russia at the Hmeymim air base in Syria after Turkey’s Air Force downed an Su-24 Fencer bomber operating in Syria against the Islamic State in November last year.
Triumf is a system made of eight launchers and a control station. The deals were announced following talks held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit being held in Goa.
India and Russia have been in talks for over a year for the purchase of at least five systems of S-400.
India has signed various defense deals with Russia at Brics summit 2016 today, including the one to buy US$5 billion worth S-400 Triumf anti aircraft weapon system. Russia will start supplying advanced anti-aircraft defense system S-400 Triumph from 2020 to India, according to an agreement signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin at BRICS Summit,
India will be signing a $5.8 billion contract with Russia on Saturday to acquire five new generation Russian S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems
A S-400 missile defense system hit a target at 45 kilometers height flying at a speed of 1,500 meters per second (4,000 feet per second) in trials held by the Russian Central Military District last week. A total of six missiles were launched, hitting several high speed targets which included the Kaban target missile, moving along a flat ballistic trajectory
Turkey is likely to discuss the purchase of Russias advanced S-400 antiaircraft missile systems at a session of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council, held in March. "The talks are continuing on the S-400
The Russian Ministry of Defense is expected to put a regiment of S-400 Triumf air defense system on combat duty in Moscow Wednesday. "The combat duty of a new regiment of the S-400 Triumf air defense system, which has been delivered to the Aerospace Forces' air defense unit, to protect the airspace of the Moscow city and the Central economic region [is expected to take place] on January 11, Podolsk, Moscow Region," the ministry was quoted as saying in a statement by Sputnik on Monday
Turkey is seeking to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems to bolster the countrys missile defense, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said Friday. "As for missile defense, work is continuing
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