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Russia To Deliver All S-400 Systems To India By 2023; Signs Deal With Turkey To Supply 2nd Batch Of ‘Mighty Missiles’

Russia could deliver all five regiments of the S-400 air defense system to India by the end of 2023, Tass reported, citing the latest announcement made by the CEO of Rosoboronexport.

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India signed a $5.5 billion order with Russia for five S-400 missile systems in October 2018. While it was initially stated that the delivery would begin within 24 months, the process was delayed due to a number of factors. 

Alexander Mikheyev, Rosoboronexport’s CEO, told the Russian media on Monday that Russia is successfully carrying out a contract for the supply of S-400 air defense systems to India. 

India has already received one S-400 system from Russia. According to reports, that system was delivered in November 2021.

s-400 Missile
File Image: S-400 Missile

“The contract with India is being implemented successfully. In the near future, we will supply a second regiment. The first one has been provided already. More than 200 specialists have been trained. All five regiments will be supplied by the end of 2023,” Mikheyev said. 

He also stated that this date was strictly in accordance with the contractual obligations.

In a similar line, the head of the Indian Air Force previously announced that India had received and deployed the first firing unit of the “S-400 Air Defense System” and that the second firing unit was also in the process of being received. 

The Indian Air Force Chief also mentioned that “delivery schedules are on time, hopeful that by the end of next year all deliveries will be completed.” 

The CEO of a Russian defense company made the announcement as Moscow is currently hosting the International Military-Technical Forum “Army-2022.” The event runs from August 15 through August 21. 

Turkey Signs Contract For S-400

The head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS), Dmitry Shugayev, announced that a contract had been completed to deliver a second regiment of the S-400 missile system to Turkey, with some components’ production being localized.

On August 16, Dmitry Shugayev revealed the information to Tass, a state-run media outlet, on the sidelines of the Army-2022 international forum.

“A corresponding agreement has already been signed. Among other things, it will allow for the production of some components of the [S-400 Triumf] system to be localized,” he said. 

Shugayev asserted that no nation was likely to develop a system that could compete with the S-400 Triumf missile systems in the foreseeable future. He added that the contract with Turkey was currently being carried out. 

File Image: S-400

The EurAsian Times had earlier reported that Turkey became the first NATO nation to purchase S-400 air defense systems from Moscow in 2017. 

In July 2019, Turkey accepted the first of four missile batteries, despite opposition from the US and other NATO allies. Turkey was consequently expelled from the F-35 program by the US, despite being a manufacturing and financing partner.

S-500 Air Defense System

While giving updates on the S-400 systems that Turkey and India are receiving, Moscow also disclosed that the Russian military would soon begin receiving the new S-500 system. 

During a ceremony on August 16 at the Army 2022 international military-technical forum, representatives from the Russian Defense Ministry and Almaz-Antey defense company struck a deal for the delivery of the latest S-500 air defense systems to the Russian military. 

Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko and Almaz-Antey Deputy CEO Vitaly Neskorodov signed the agreement. The S-500 is built to eliminate every aerospace attack weapon currently in use or developed by a potential adversary across the entire spectrum of altitudes and speeds. 

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The S-500 SAM system.

Having a 600-kilometer range, the S-500 Prometheus is a new generation surface-to-air missile system. The system is a universal high-altitude interception complex with an improved anti-missile defense capability intended for intercepting and destroying stealth aircraft, hypersonic cruise missiles, and intercontinental ballistic missiles. 

The S-500 system was successfully tested for the first time in July 2021. The first S-500 shipments to the Russian Armed Forces apparently started arriving in September 2021, as previously reported by the EurAsian Times. 

The S-500 Prometheus system is regarded as one of the most powerful in the world and is supposedly capable of taking down volleys of hypersonic missiles currently being developed by various countries. The system is also capable of providing battlefield tactical air defense. 

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