Indian Air Force is set to be stronger than ever in the coming few years as Russia is set to start the delivery of the much-awaited S-400 missile systems by 2021, reported news agency Reuters citing a statement from a Russian official. Earlier last month, Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin had said that the delivery of all S-400 air defence missile systems will be completed by 2025. He had also updated on the status of orders saying the production of S-400 missiles meant for the delivery to India has already started. The S-400 missile systems are expected to be one of the points for discussion on External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s visit to Moscow next month for a trilateral summit including China.
Indian defence forces have been betting on the S-400 air to missile system which has a range of 400 kilometres. It can reportedly shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously with a special ability to strike two missiles at each target. The surface-to-air defence system will enable the air force to attack adversaries’ missiles in advance. India had signed a deal worth $5 billion with Russia to purchase the ambitious missile system during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s tour of India in 2018. China, which poses a direct threat to India’s border security has already received the second consignment of S-400 from Russia and hence the acquisition is critical for India’s national security.