New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik has said that India will receive the delivery of S-400 Triumf by April 2023. The minister made this announcement after being asked in Lok Sabha about the delivery-related details of the S-400 missile defence systems (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler).
India and Russia had signed the USD 5.43 billion deal on October 5, 2018.
While the US warned India of sanctions if it went ahead with the Russian system, New Delhi asserted that it has long-standing defence relations due to which the deal will not be called off.
Russian ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev had praised New Delhi for going ahead with the deal and termed Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) as an instrument of political and unfair pressure.
The US has emerged as the biggest supplier of defence equipment to India and both the countries have signed billion dollar-worth defence deals.
Meanwhile, Turkey received the Russian-made S-400 systems last week after which the US said that it cannot have both the S-400 and American stealth fighter F-35.
He further said that the acquisition of the S-400 fundamentally undermines the capabilities of the F-35 and America’s ability to “retain that over-match in the skies going forward”.
Despite US pressure, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went ahead with the deal describing it as a major agreement in Ankara’s modern history. He further said that Turkey will receive all the systems by April 2020.
S-400 Triumf is considered as one of the best anti-aircraft weapon systems currently available in the market. It was developed in the 90s by Almaz Central Design Bureau and has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007.
SIPRI’s senior researcher Siemon Wezeman has described the S-400 as one of the most advanced air defence systems available.
One S-400 system with eight divisions can control up to 72 launchers with a maximum capacity of 384 missiles.
The system has been designed to destroy aircrafts, cruise and ballistic missiles and apart from this, it can also be used to launch an offensive against ground-based targets.
The system can detect a target within 600 km range and the system response time is 9-10 seconds. It is also capable of engaging 80 targets simultaneously. The missile can attain the maximum speed of 15 Mach which makes is remarkable when compared to other systems available in the market.
Apart from India and Turkey, China has also secured the S-400 system receiving the delivery in January 2018.