The first batch of India’s newly acquired S-400 Triumf missile defense systems will be made operational by April this year, according to the latest reports. The Russian-made air defense systems have already been moved to the Indian province of Punjab which borders Pakistan.
Earlier, various media outlets reported that the S-400 missile batteries were stationed at one of the five Indian Air Force (IAF) bases in the state, which borders Pakistan and is also close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the disputed border with China.
Interestingly, China is already in possession of S-400s, which the communist country has reportedly deployed in Xinjiang and Tibet regions, just across Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh respectively, amid the border standoff with India.
Boosting India’s Air Defense
India’s deployment of the S-400 is aimed at boosting the country’s air defense capability. It is touted as one of the most sophisticated systems of its kind in the world.
With a range of 400 km, the S-400 Triumf has the ability to shield its air defense bubble (the area it can protect) against various weapons such as rockets, missiles, cruise missiles, and even aircraft.
Russian officials have stated that the delivery of the first unit had started in November last year.