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India ready to deploy S-400 systems next month amidst threat from China-Pakistan

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: Amidst the threat of a two-front military threat from China and Pakistan, India is aiming to deploy the Russian-made S-400 missile defence system by next month, the Pentagon’s top intelligence official said during a Congressional hearing.

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The S-400 is considered one of the most potent long-range air defence systems in the world, with the capability of detecting and destroying missiles and aircraft.

Russia claims the S-400’s radar can even detect stealth fighters such as America’s most advanced F-35s.

India is pursuing an extensive military modernization effort encompassing air, ground, naval, and strategic nuclear forces, Lt-Gen Scott Berrier, director of the Defence Intelligence Agency, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

In 2021, India conducted multiple tests to further develop its own hypersonic, ballistic, cruise, and air defence missile capabilities.

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The Pentagon noted that “India’s long-standing defence relationship with Russia remains strong” and “India has maintained a neutral stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”

India started receiving the delivery of the S-400 systems from Russia in December last year, despite US warnings against the procurement.

The US can sanction countries under the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for buying Russian weapons, which Washington considers detrimental to its national security.



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