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India close to sealing deal on S 400 missile defence systems; from Russia

deal is expected to be signed during the visit of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's maiden trip to Moscow

With threat perception rising from both east and west fronts, India is all the more close to sealing the deal on purchase S-400 air defence systems.

This comes two years after their initial deal on the matter.

The deal is expected to be signed during the visit of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s maiden trip to Moscow.

It need be mentioned that the Indian Air Force (IAF) also approved of the need to purchase of the S-400 air defence systems developed by Russia to counter the threats from China and Pakistan.

After this the parliamentary panel, on its part, has also recommended that funds for this be made available during the year as per the IAF demand.

India and Russia have concluded an intergovernmental agreement for the procurement of five S-400 systems.

Other major purchases includes 200 Kamov helicopters in which while a few of them would be supplied to India, the remaining would be made here in the country itself.

The S-400 systems are capable of intercepting and destroying airborne threats at a distance of up to 250 miles and can simultaneously engage up to six targets. Each S-400 comprises tracking and search radar systems.

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