India’s Defense Acquisition Council approves S-400 system purchase 51205162

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India’s Defense Acquisition Council approves S-400 system purchase
India’s Defense Acquisition Council has approved the purchase of five S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) air defense missile systems from Russia, Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday, May 12.
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The S-400 Triumph SA-21 is a long range surface-to-air missile systems produced by Almaz-Antey
The systems are planned to join India’s Air Force from 2017 to 2022, he added.

"The Indian Defense Acquisition Council has already approved the purchase of these advanced Russian-made long-range air defense missile systems," Parrikar said.

"Five S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems are planned to be delivered to the Indian Air Force," he added.

The Indian defense minister praised the performance and the characteristics of the S-400 air defense missile system. According to him, "the Russian-made S-400 Triumf system is the most cutting-edge air defense system in the world. Many countries, inducing China, are seeking to purchase it".

Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Vladimir Drozhzhov said earlier that Russia had prepared a draft agreement on the delivery of S-400 systems and submitted it to India for signing.

A source close to India’s Defense Ministry told TASS that "the contract may be signed in late 2016 to purchase five regiment sets of two-battalion S-400 air defense missile systems and 6,000 missiles worth about $6 billion."

China was the first to buy Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in 2014. The deal exceeded $3 billion.
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