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Indian Air Force (IAF) will be receiving its third S-400 operational squadron of air defense systems from Russia this month and two more completely by 2023. India signed a contract in 2018 to purchase five S-400 squadrons worth Rs 35,000 crores.

Initially, IAF had planned to procure two more squadrons of S-400 from Russia but has now dropped this plan considering this can trigger sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) 2017 and also due to local alternatives that are going to come online soon.

DRDO is already working on Two long-range Air Defence Interceptor missiles that will be part of its Extended Range Air Defense System (ERADS) system. ERSAM with a 150km range Interceptor missile and XRSAM with a 350km range Interceptor missile that will supplement the S-400 system.

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