India, Russia to ink S-400 Triumf air defence missile deal soon

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New Delhi: India will soon seal the S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile agreement with Russia, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in New Delhi on Friday, while discarding reports of US sanctions if the agreement is signed. While Sitharaman did not specify when the S-400 anti-missile shield agreement (NATO code: SA-21 Growler) would be signed but she categorically declared that “it is almost in the final stage”.

The agreement will probably be formally signed and announced when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in October 2018.

Sitharaman also added that the sanctions proposed by the United States against Russia under its Counter-Sanctioning Law (CAATSA) are not cause for concern, since they have not been imposed by the United Nations and in no way affect India. .

The Russian army has been using the S-400 Triumf air defense missile since 2007. The system is much more advanced than any western system currently in service. Faced with two adversaries, China in the north and east, and Pakistan in the west, the missile shield will add muscle to the Indian army. The S-400 Triumf missiles can travel at a speed of 4.8 kilometers per second (17,000 km / h, Mach 14).

The United States imposed sanctions against leading Russian defense, including Rosoboronexport, accusing Moscow of alleged interference in the 2016 US Presidential election. CAATSA, which entered into force in January 2018, orders the Donald Trump government to punish the entities involved. in significant transactions with the defense or intelligence establishment of Russia.

The system can fire the following missiles: 48N6DM / 48N6E3 (range 250km), 40N6 (range 400km, maximum altitude 185 km), 9M96E (range 40 km, maximum altitude 20 km) and 9M96E2 (range 120km, maximum altitude 30 km). Currently, the S-400 Triumf system employs missiles that use a high-risk fragmentation of 143 kilograms to kill the incoming air threat.

But another 77N6 missile is being developed that will have the ability to hit to kill like the US Patriot air defense system. While the current system can destroy missiles, planes and drones, the 77N6 will be deployed specifically to attack the threat of ballistic missiles.

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