S-400 deal may be finalised by March

Why in News?

The contract negotiations between India and Russia for the purchase of the S-400 Triumph long-range air defence systems are in the final stages.

 

FACTS FOR PRELIMS

Background

India is planning to buy five systems that are expected to cost about ₹39,000 crore and is considered one of the most potent Surface to Air missile systems in the world. It can track and shoot down a range of incoming airborne targets at ranges of up to 400 km.

About the Missile

It is an anti-aircraft weapon system developed in the 1990s by Russia.

The S-400 Triumph air defence system integrates a multifunction radar, autonomous detection and targeting systems, anti-aircraft missile systems, launchers, and command and control centre. It is capable of firing three types of missiles to create a layered defence.

The system can engage all types of aerial targets including aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and ballistic and cruise missiles within the range of 400km, at an altitude of up to 30km. The system can simultaneously engage 36 targets.

The S-400 is two-times more effective than previous Russian air defence systems and can be deployed within five minutes. It can also be integrated into the existing and future air defence units of the Air Force, Army, and the Navy.

 

Source-The Hindu