High On Versatility, More Bang For Buck. What Russian S-400 Triumf Brings To India’s Air Defence

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It is seen as being one of the most advanced aerial defence systems deployed anywhere in the world at present and packs an ability to take on everything from drones to ballistic missiles. Reports say that Moscow has dispatched the first of the S-400 Triumf missile systems that India has spent USD 5.5 billion to purchase, the deal having been inked under a threat of US sanctions. Here’s all you need to know.

The S-400 Triumf, which has the Nato designation of SA-21 Growler, is a mobile, surface-to-air missile system that is ” capable of engaging aircraft, UAVs, cruise missiles, and has a terminal ballistic missile defence capability”, according to the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Development of this advanced missile system is said to have been taken up in 1993, almost in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and borrows heavily from the earlier S-300 missile defence system, including on aspects like missile storage containers, launchers, and radars.

Testing of the S-400 is said to have begun in late 1999 or early 2000 and the first of the weapons became operational in 2007.

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