India is going to sign a Rs 39,000 crore deal with Russia for five new-generation S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems. Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive today in Goa to attend the BRICS Summit.
After that, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Putin will sign the S-400 deal as well as the joint venture for making Kamov helicopters under "Make in India" programme.
Why India is buying five S-400 Triumf air defence missile system for this whopping amount of money?. To deploy three of them on the western border (for answering Pakistan's air attack) and two in the eastern border (for taking care of Chinese unreliable military products).
The S-400 Triumf is an anti-aircraft weapon system developed by Russian-based Almaz Central Design Bureau. It's an upgraded version of the S-300 family.
The S-400 SAM (Surface to Air Missile) is known to NATO as the SA-21 Growler. It is the most capable and lethal long-range air defence missile system on the planet. Even the US also fears it.
The Triumf has been in service with Russian military since 2007. It is capable of destroying incoming missiles, drones and even stealth fighter jets within a range up to 400 km.
The Russian missile system is capable of firing three separate types of missiles and can engage up to 36 targets simultaneously.
It is also equipped with long-range radars that can track hundreds of flying bogeys at the same time and can even shoot down America's most advanced stealth fighters like F-35 and F-22 Raptor.
With five battalions of the Triumf, India will also get 6000 missiles of the S-400 missile system. In 2015, India had a plan to buy 12 S-400 systems.
India is the second customer of this SAM. China was the first country to order the S-400 missile systems from Russia. Back in 2014, they ordered six S-400 batteries for $3 billion. They are expecting the batteries to delivered from early 2017 onwards.
The SAM will work in all weather conditions and that is a good relief for us. It is claimed that S-400 can fire 2.5 times faster than its predecessor; S-300.
The S-400 uses 55K6E command and control system which is based on the Ural-532301 mobile command post vehicle. The control system is also equipped with LCD consoles to process the air space surveillance data of the individual batteries.
The launch vehicle of the missile system is SP85TE2 launchers based on the BAZ-64022 6X6 tractor truck or MAZ-79100 series Transporter-Erector-Launcher (TEL) vehicle. This vehicle can carry up to four launch tubes holding a mix of missiles.