India deploys first S-400 air defence system in the Punjab sector
In a transaction costing over 35,000 Rs crore, India contracted for the S-400 air defence system. India would receive five squadrons capable of countering air attacks from up to 400 kilometres.
During the Dubai Air Show, Dmitry Shugaev, Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC). The Russian government’s major defence export control organisation is the FSMTC.
According to sources, missile system components are delivered by air and sea. They’d be promptly deployed in the assigned areas.
“The first squadron delivery would be finished by the end of this year,” they stated, adding that “following its deployment, the Indian Air Force will begin focused on the eastern front.”
The IAF will also use some of the funds to train its staff in the country.
The S-400 missile defence system is outfitted with four distinct missiles that can engage enemy aircraft, ballistic missiles, and AWACS planes at 400 km, 250 km, 120 km, and 40 km.
The U.S. may reluctantly impose sanctions on India over the S-400 acquisition, given Washington’s action against its NATO ally Turkey. India claims that Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) should not affect this acquisition. This deal was signed before CAATSA was enacted. According to the claims, if it is sufficient for it, then the acquisition of Su-30 MKI should also invoke CAATSA.