S-400 missiles to be delivered to India by 2025

Russia’s deputy chief of mission Roman Babushkin on Friday said all S-400 air defence missile systems will be delivered to India by 2025.

The production of S-400 missiles to be delivered to India has started, he said.

It is manufactured by Almaz-Antey and has been in service in Russia since 2007.

On 15 October 2016 during the BRICS Summit, India and Russia signed an Inter-governmental Agreement (IGA) for the supply of five S-400 regiments.

The deal worth of $US 5.43 billion (₹40,000CR) was formally signed on 5 October 2018, ignoring America’s CAATSA act. The deliveries are expected to commence in 24 months, by the end of 2020. The S-400 is expected to be inducted into Indian service in October 2020.

The United States threatened India with sanctions over India’s decision to buy the S-400 missile defense system from Russia.

The S-400 is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and can also be used against ground installations. It can engage targets at a distance of 400km at an altitude of up to 30km.

Russia also signed contracts to deliver the system to China and Turkey.