1st S-400 fleet to be ready by April, and four other S-400 by 2023

1st S-400 fleet to be ready by April, and four other S-400 by 2023

India has started deploying the S-400 Triump advanced surface-to-air missile defense system, with the first unit to be made operational by April,

While the Indian government remains tight-lipped about the whole project, officials with direct knowledge of the matter have told HT that all five units will be deployed in in-depth areas to tackle the ultimatum from China.

All the five units of the S-400 weapon system, which can take down a hostile missile or aircraft at a range between 40km and 400km, are expected to be operational by April next year.

The S-400 was purchased from Russia through a $5-billion deal signed in October 2018.

The Chinese PLA and the Indian Army are locked in a stand-off across the 597km-long Ladakh LAC since May 2020, with Beijing opposed to restoring the April 2020 status quo ante in Gogra-Hot Springs and restoring India’s unhindered patrolling rights in Depsang Bulge in Daulet Beg Oldi (DBO) sector and Charging Nullah Junction (CNJ) in Demchok sector. Chinese PLA has already deployed two S-400 systems across LAC in Ngari Gar Gunsa opposite Nyingchi. Demchok across Arunachal Pradesh, with the remaining three S-400, deployed to tackle the threat from Indo-Pacific.

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India has made entire to its close ally USA through top diplomatic and security channels that the acquisition of the Russian S-400 system was in its national interest as it is faced with an aggressive PLA all along the 3,488km-long LAC.

India has offered technical support to the S-400 system does not share details on the US-manufactured military helicopters and aircraft with Russia. It has also been decided that all five systems would be deployed to protect India from the mounting army threat of China.

Already, advance shipment of two S-400 systems has arrived in India from Russia, and work is in progress to assemble the systems and the radars by Indian teams trained in Russia.

Analysts say that the fact that the systems will be deployed against China may well weigh in on the US decision; China, at this point, is the US’s primary concern.

The S-400 system is one of a kind, with a powerful radar at the heart of the offensive air defense system.

It can track multiple targets at multiple ranges and neutralize them before the adversary’s fighter, bomber or missile, pose a threat, using anti-missiles with varying degree.

The S-400 system is so powerful that it can track, engage, and address the threat of Chinese fighters the moment they take off from airbases near the Line of Actual Control.

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