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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force will be sending its Missile Ground Crew to start training to operate S-400 air defense missile system later this year said the latest media reports. Russia will start training Indian specialists to operate the advanced long-range surface-to-air missile system from October this year, despite Washington’s strong opposition.

Missile Ground Crew of IAF already have been witnessed to the missile firing demo of S-400 system last year and currently, the deal is close to completion as countries have deiced to trade in euros to a Russia-nominated bank to bypass the threat of US sanctions for purchase of military hardware including the S-400 air defense missile system.

The Indian government last year had signed the much-anticipated deal worth $5.43-billion to buy five Russian S-400 Triumf missile shield systems at the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit at the Hyderabad House.

The S-400 is expected to be inducted into Indian service in October 2020 and deliveries of the S-400 system will be completed by the end of 2020. India has placed orders for five S-400 regiments. Each regiment will have 64 launchers, which means 256 missiles with each regiment. India has opted only for Two interceptor missiles out of the family of four missile system,so each launcher will be armed with 2x40N6E missile with a range of 400km and 2x48N6 missile with a range of 250km.

Very long range 40N6E and the 48N6 missile would significantly improve India’s ability to defend its own air space and serve as an effective stand-off weapon against air attacks.

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