At the 90th Indian Air force Day celebrations in Chandigarh on October 08, the main banner that was at the event showed the first glimpses of the S-400 air defense system that was delivered to the Indian Air Force earlier last year by Russia. The S-400 system is seen in the Tipnis grey camo which is unique to the Indian Air Force, which is often used in fighter jets and other air defense systems, and is not based on any S-400 stock image.

S-400 deployment is taking place in the western and eastern sectors as supplies have resumed after brief delays due to war, yet it still has not been publicly displayed or has been caught in satellite imagery of any forward bases hinting at the possibility of being deployed at a secret base.

Russia started delivery of the first regiment of the missile in December last year and the second regiment was delivered this year. In October 2018, India signed a USD 5 billion deal with Russia to buy five units of the S-400 air defense missile systems, notwithstanding a warning from the then-Trump administration that going ahead with the contract may trigger US sanctions under CAATSA.

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