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Strengthening India’s Defence

In a strategic move to bolster India’s aerial defence capabilities, Russia has expedited the delivery of the advanced S-400 system to the Indian Air Force (IAF), brushing aside concerns raised by Western sources regarding potential delays. Underlining India’s commitment to fortifying its air defence, the government, and the IAF inked a significant deal with Russia back in 2018, earmarking a staggering sum of approximately Rs 35,000 crore for the acquisition of five squadrons of the S-400 air defence system. The S-400’s efficacy stems from its diverse array of missiles, each tailored to address specific threat scenarios

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In a strategic move to bolster India’s aerial defence capabilities, Russia has expedited the delivery of the advanced S-400 system to the Indian Air Force (IAF), brushing aside concerns raised by Western sources regarding potential delays. Underlining India’s commitment to fortifying its air defence, the government, and the IAF inked a significant deal with Russia back in 2018, earmarking a staggering sum of approximately Rs 35,000 crore for the acquisition of five squadrons of the S-400 air defence system. The S-400’s efficacy stems from its diverse array of missiles, each tailored to address specific threat scenarios. Ranging from short to long distances, these missiles form a formidable defence shield, capable of neutralizing a wide spectrum of airborne threats. Notably, the system’s capability to detect stealth aircraft, including the much-touted Lockheed Martin-produced F-35, underscores its adaptability and sophistication in countering modern aerial challenges. Retired Group Captain Uttam Kumar Devnath aptly emphasizes the paramount importance of safeguarding India’s airspace, citing the necessity for a robust Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) system capable of intercepting various airborne threats. While lauding India’s strides in cultivating indigenous defence technologies, exemplified by the Akash air defence system, Devnath underscores the imperative for a multi-layered defence approach to address evolving security dynamics.

India’s ambitious Project Kusha, aimed at developing a Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR-SAM) system by 2028-2029, signifies a leap towards self-reliance in defence technology. Drawing inspiration from the acclaimed Israeli ‘Iron Dome’ system, the indigenous LR-SAM aims to fortify India’s defence architecture against a myriad of threats, spanning from conventional aircraft to precision-guided munitions.

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The recent approval for the acquisition of indigenous variants of the ‘Iron Dome’ system further underscores India’s resolve to bolster its defence capabilities through strategic collaborations. This landmark decision, backed by substantial investment and collaborative efforts with international partners, reflects India’s proactive stance in fortifying its national security infrastructure. Russia’s steadfast support as India’s reliable defence partner is evident in the swift delivery of three S-400 squadrons, with the remaining two expected by year-end. Strategically positioned across India’s geographical expanse, these squadrons serve as vital bulwarks against potential threats emanating from both eastern and western borders. Beyond its role as a mere surface-to-air missile system, the S-400 epitomizes a comprehensive defence ecosystem, comprising integrated radars, command centres, and sophisticated missile systems. Its robust architecture, fortified by electronic warfare capabilities, underscores its efficacy in safeguarding Indian airspace against diverse aerial threats.

As India navigates complex geopolitical terrain, investments in cutting-edge defence technologies like the S-400 are imperative to deter potential adversaries and safeguard national interests. The S-400’s deployment heralds a new era in India’s defence paradigm, underscoring the nation’s unwavering commitment to securing its skies and defending its sovereignty. Each launch vehicle has four tubes with anti-aircraft missiles ready to be launched. These missiles are capable of intercepting targets that fly at different distances and altitudes. The operation of guiding and firing these missiles is fully automated, following directives issued by the command-and-control centre. The S-400 missile system is capable of launching four distinct missile types, encompassing the 9M96E, which has a reach of 40 km; 9M96E2 with a reach of 120 km; 48N6, which can target up to 250 km away; and 40N6E, designed for distances up to 400 km.

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