According to an Indian official who preferred to remain anonymous, lack of finances will delay the procurement of the S400 defense system by at least two years.
A senior official at the Indian Ministry of Defense, according to Defense News, claimed that the purchase of five regimental units of Russian-made S400 defense system will be delayed by at least two years following a budget crunch. Regarding the procurement of S400 defense system the official said,
Our priority is to clear the global buy of $8.9 billion for Rafale fighters, $1.5 billion for very short range air defense (VSHORAD) man-portable systems, and $1.5 billion in short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) systems. There is no money for other foreign purchases.
The defense deal regarding the S400 defense system is valued at an estimated $4.5 billion. It was discussed in the Indian parliament recently by the Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar with no indication of a possible delay in procurement. He was clear in his reply to an Indian parliamentarian saying,
the five firing units of S400 LRSAM system are planned for induction in Indian Air Force in 13th plan period (2017-2022).
Furthermore, in April, several Indian media outlets reported that the contract for procurement of the S400 defense system had already been signed. However, Sergey Chemezov, the Director-General of Russia’s Rostec State Corporation, quickly denied the news. According to TASS, he said that the contract had not yet been signed. Parrikar in a written statement explained the rationale behind the procurement of the new S400 defense system. It read,
The Defense Acquisition Council has in its meeting held on 17th December, 2015, accorded approval for purchase of S-400 LRSAM system (Triumf Missile System) along with associated equipment and missiles from Russia. S-400 has better performance parameters compared to S-300 on account of (i) maximum and minimum target engagement range, (ii) minimum target engagement altitude, (iii) maximum speed of target engaged, (iv) number of targets engaged simultaneously, (v) maximum radar cross-section of targets engaged, and (vi) deployment time.
Parrikar was mum on the type of missiles India will receive from Russia for the S400 defense system. Once this defense system is acquired, of the five regiments, three may be stationed facing West towards Pakistan while the remaining two towards the East in close proximity to India’s border with China.
China placed an order of six S400 defense systems and is expecting delivery within the next twelve months.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.