India could deploy Russian missile system by next month: Pentagon: The Tribune India


Washington, May 18

India aims to deploy the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system by next month to defend against Pakistani and Chinese threats as it pursues a broad military modernization effort encompassing nuclear forces air, land, naval and strategic, the Pentagon’s top intelligence official said. said in a congressional hearing.

India began receiving delivery of the S-400 missile defense system from Russia in December last year, Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told members of the Committee on Senate Armed Forces during a recent congressional hearing.

In October 2021, the Indian Army was seeking to equip itself with advanced surveillance systems to strengthen its land and sea borders and enhance its offensive and defensive cyber capabilities.

“In December, India received its initial delivery of the Russian S-400 air defense system, and it intends to operate the system to defend against Pakistani and Chinese threats by June 2022,” he said. Berrier said.

“India has continued to develop its own hypersonic, ballistic, cruise and air defense missile capabilities, carrying out several tests in 2021. India has an increasing number of satellites in orbit and is expanding its use of space assets, likely pursuing offensive space capabilities,” he said. —PTI

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