Delivery of S-400 air defence missile systems to be on schedule
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations; Bilateral agreements
- It has been reported that all the major military contracts between Russia and India, including the deliveries of S-400 air defence missile systems, will be on schedule despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Important value additions:
- India had signed a $5 billion deal with Russia to buy the S-400 air defence missile systems in 2018.
- The system is also known as the ‘Triumf’ interceptor-based missile system.
- It can simultaneously track numerous incoming objects — all kinds of aircraft, missiles and UAVs — in a radius of 400km and launch appropriate missiles to neutralise them.
- The S-400 is Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system.
- Russia plans to complete the delivery by 2025.
- The U.S. imposed sanctions on Russia under the stringent Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for manufacturing S-400.
- The law also provides for punitive action against countries purchasing defence hardware from Russia.