- Aug 19, 2009
How many missiles are in each system? If it is only 64 per system it is way too low. We need about 3k missiles total to effectively defend Indian airspace.
Missile reload stocks dicussed in early negotiations were 6k+ , but it was never confirmed. Let me search for the source.How many missiles are in each system? If it is only 64 per system it is way too low. We need about 3k missiles total to effectively defend Indian airspace.
no official source, second hand information and from pre-signing of the deal.Missile reload stocks dicussed in early negotiations were 6k+ , but it was never confirmed. Let me search for the source.
Centre to clear Russian military purchases ahead of Modi-Putin meet
- Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times
Prime Minister Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ufa, Russia. (PTI Photo)
Days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on December 24, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by defence minister Manohar Parrikar is all set to clear on Thursday procurement of five S-400 supersonic air defence systems from Russia. Besides, the DAC will also clear a “Make in India” plan to raise six regiments of Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher systems (MRLS). The five S-400 systems will cost around Rs 40,000 crore, while the Pinaka systems will cost another Rs 14,000 crore.
South Block sources said the acquisition of the S-400 system, which has a range from 40 to 400 km, depending on the missile fired, could be through the Request for Proposals (RFP) or government-to-government route. The acquisition will be discussed between Modi and Putin and may figure in the joint statement.
Although the military had earlier projected a requirement of a dozen S-400 systems, the defence ministry is clear that only five systems are sufficient to take care of the future airborne threat from across India’s borders. The S-400 is a proven anti-aircraft system, and is widely considered the most advanced of its kind in the world, with the capability of engaging missiles as well as aircraft. It comes with a mobile launcher and a threat detection radar-cum-command centre. The deal includes purchase of some 6,000 missiles from Russia.
The DAC is also expected to clear Pinaka MRLS that is expected to replace traditional artillery guns on the border. The Pinaka system can fire within seconds a barrage of unguided rockets with a range of up to 38 km to achieve a saturation bombing effect, or what is called area destruction. This kind of weapon system is lethal for troop and armour concentrations, and is also battle-proven.
6K figure is good, but I am also curious how many Pantsir-S1s + missile reloads did we order, as they are primary defense of the S-400 fire squadno official source, second hand information and from pre-signing of the deal.
On November 17, the head of Russian defense firm Rostec confirmed that India had completed an $800 million advance payment for the S-400 air and missile defense system, with deliveries expected for completion in 2025. India and Russia had signed a $5.5 billion deal for five S-400 batteries in...missilethreat.csis.org
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