The pressure from the United States (US) notwithstanding, Russia has started delivery of the second regiment of the S-400 air defence missile system to India.
The first regiment was raised in December last year and is stationed at an Indian Air Force base in Punjab, duly tasked to tackle air-borne threats from Pakistan and China. In all, five such missile systems are on order under a $5-billion deal signed in October 2018.
The Russian supplies of the S400, despite the conflict in Ukraine, have not been hindered and are on as per schedule,” a senior defence functionary told The Tribune. The delivery will be completed by the month-end and it is expected to be deployed by June, most likely in the North-East.
Each S-400 system has eight vehicle-mounted launchers. Each launcher has four tubes, allowing the commander on ground to launch four missiles from each launcher. The ground-based radar (monitoring station of the system), power and other systems are all transported on vehicles.