New Delhi: Faced with the dangers of airstrikes, India deployed its first air defense system in Punjab. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has deployed the first squadron of the S-400 air defense missile system received from Russia to Punjab, ANI reported based on government sources.
According to sources, this decision was taken in view of the threats of airstrikes from China and Pakistan. Parts of the Russian missile system began reaching India earlier this month and the unit is expected to be operational within weeks, they said.
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“The first squadron is deployed in the Punjab sector. The batteries of the first squadron would be capable of supporting air threats from Pakistan and China,” government sources told ANI.
What are the features of the S-400
- India has purchased 5 squadrons of S-400 air defense system from Russia for Rs 35,000 crore.
- It can destroy threats 400 kilometers in the air. The delivery of the first squadron will be completed by the end of this year.
- According to sources, the equipment is being transported to India by air and sea.
- Sources said that after the deployment of the first squadron, the air force will focus on the northeast border and provide training to military personnel across the country.
- Indian Air Force officers and employees have been trained in this system in Russia. This air defense system will give India an advantage over South Asian countries and can destroy enemy aircraft and cruise missiles 400 km in the air.
- The S-400 missile defense system consists of 4 different missiles, which can destroy enemy ships, ballistic missiles, AWACS ships at 400 km, 250 km, medium range 120 km and short range 40 km.
- According to sources, India was able to reduce the price of the S-400 by billions of dollars through tough negotiations.