India to receive First Regimental set of Russian S-400 by the end of 2020

S-400 System
S-400, Russia's state of art Air Defense system

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov on Sunday disclosed S-400 Air Defence missile systems will be delivered to India in strict accordance with the schedule.

“The advance payment has been received and everything will be delivered in strict accordance with the schedule, within about 18-19 months,” Borisov told state-owned media channel.

Last month, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was in Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to discuss the possibility of further bilateral linkages.

India had signed a USD 5.43-billion deal with Russia for the purchase of five S-400 systems during the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit in New Delhi on October 5 last year for long-term security plans.

S-400 was developed by the Almaz Antey Central Design Bureau and it was added in the Russian defense system in 2007. The missile can chase and destroy an airborne target as far as 250 miles away. In the map shown below, the first circle marks the range of S-400 from Hmeymim Air Base near Latakia, Syria. Russia installed the system in Syria to counter not only militants but also to restrain USA and coalition from attacking Syria.

A regular S-400 battalion consists of at least eight launchers with 32 missiles and a mobile command post.

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