Russia will complete the delivery of the S-400 Triumf advanced air defense missile systems to India by 2024-25, TASS news agency reported citing Vladimir Drozhzhov, the Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation.
India signed a contract with Russia to procure five regiments of S-400 missile systems in October last year. The deal was inked between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 19th Indo-Russian Summit in New Delhi.
“The first system will be delivered within 24 months after the advance payment is made. That said, India will start receiving the S-400 systems at the end of 2020 or a little later. The next four S-400 regiment sets will be delivered in the next few years. The delivery process will be completed by 2024-2025,” Drozhzhov was quoted as saying.
S-400 Triumf (Triumph, NATO designation: SA-21 Growler) is a long-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense system developed by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau. The system was previously known as the S-300PMU-3 and is an upgrade of the S-300 family.
The system is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBM), and surface targets.
Triumf can engage targets at a maximum distance of 400 kilometers and at an altitude of up to 35 kilometers. It uses four types of missiles to fill its performance envelope: the very-long-range 40N6 (with 400 km range), the long-range 48N6 (250 km), the medium-range 9M96E2 (120 km) and the short-range 9M96E (40 km).
An S-400 missile system consists of command posts, launchers armed with missiles, all-terrain transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicles, and target acquisition and engagement radars.
The system has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007. The system is also operated by the Belarus and China. Turkey recently started taking delivery of the system and Saudi Arabia has also agreed to buy the S-400 system.