Russia to deliver all S-400 systems to India by 2023; signs an agreement with Turkey to supply the second batch of “Mighty Missiles”

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Russia could deliver the five regiments of the S-400 air defense system to India by the end of 2023, Tass reported, citing the latest announcement made by the CEO of Rosoboronexport.

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India signed a $5.5 billion order with Russia for five S-400 missile systems in October 2018. While it was originally expected that delivery would start within 24 months, the process has been delayed due to a number of factors.

Alexander Mikheyev, CEO of Rosoboronexport, told Russian media on Monday that Russia is successfully executing a contract to supply S-400 air defense systems to India.

India has already received an S-400 system from Russia. According to reports, this system was delivered in November 2021.

File Image: S-400 Missile

“The contract with India is successfully implemented. In the near future we will provide a second regiment. The first has already been provided. More than 200 specialists have been trained. All five regiments will be supplied by the end of 2023,” Mikheyev said.

He also clarified that this date was strictly in accordance with contractual obligations.

Along the same lines, the head of the Indian Air Force previously announced that India had received and deployed the first gunnery unit of the “S-400 Air Defense System” and the second gunnery unit was also being received.

The Indian Air Force chief also mentioned that “the delivery schedules are on time, hoping that by the end of next year all deliveries will be completed.”

The CEO of a Russian defense company made the announcement as Moscow is currently hosting the “Army-2022” International Military-Technical Forum. The event runs from August 15 to August 21.

Turkey signs contract for S-400

The head of the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service (FSVTS), Dmitry Shugayev, announced that a contract had been concluded to deliver a second regiment of the S-400 missile system to Turkey, with production of some components localized.

On August 16, Dmitry Shugayev revealed the information to Tass, a state media, on the sidelines of the Army-2022 international forum.

“A corresponding agreement has already been signed. Among other things, it will allow the production of certain components of the [S-400 Triumf] system to locate,” he said.

Shugayev asserted that no nation was likely to develop a system that could compete with S-400 Triumf missile systems in the foreseeable future. He added that the contract with Turkey was running.

File Image: S-400

The EurAsian Times previously reported that Turkey became the first NATO country to buy S-400 air defense systems from Moscow in 2017.

In July 2019, Turkey accepted the first of four missile batteries, despite opposition from the United States and other NATO allies. Turkey was therefore expelled from the F-35 program by the United States, despite being a manufacturing and financing partner.

S-500 air defense system

While giving updates on the S-400 systems that Turkey and India are receiving, Moscow also revealed that the Russian military will soon start receiving the new S-500 system.

At a ceremony on August 16 at the international military-technical forum Army 2022, representatives of the Russian Ministry of Defense and the defense company Almaz-Antey concluded an agreement for the delivery of the latest S-500 air defense systems to the Russian army.

Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko and Deputy Director General of Almaz-Antey Vitaly Neskorodov signed the agreement. The S-500 is designed to eliminate all aerospace attack weapons currently in use or developed by a potential adversary across the full spectrum of altitudes and speeds.

S-500
The S-500 SAM system.

With a range of 600 kilometers, the S-500 Prometheus is a next-generation surface-to-air missile system. The system is a universal high-altitude interceptor complex with enhanced missile defense capability intended to intercept and destroy stealth aircraft, hypersonic cruise missiles and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The S-500 system was first successfully tested in July 2021. The first S-500 shipments to the Russian Armed Forces apparently began arriving in September 2021, as Previously reported by the EurAsian Times.

The S-500 Prometheus system is considered one of the most powerful in the world and is believed to be capable of shooting down volleys of hypersonic missiles currently being developed by various countries. The system is also capable of providing tactical air defense on the battlefield.



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