Who: Russian S-400 Triumf Air Defence Missile System
What: Approved for purchase by DAC
When: 18 December 2015
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on 18 December 2015 approved the purchase of Russian advance S-400 Triumf Air Defence Missile Systems from Russia at an estimated cost of 40000 crore rupees. The approval was given by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar during DAC meeting in New Delhi.
India will buy 5 units of the S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems. This purchase will give a major boost to the national air defence capacity and will make India only the second buyer of this missile system after China.
DAC approval for defence deal comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia later in December 2015.
About Russian S-400 Triumf Air Defence Missile System
• This system is capable of destroying incoming hostile missiles, aircraft and even drones within a range of up to 400 km.
• This air defence system is capable to take on upto 36 targets at range of over 150 kilometres.
• It is also capable of taking out ballistic missiles and hypersonic targets.
• Considered to be the most modern air defence system in the Russian arsenal, the new S-400 has a 2.5 times faster firing rate as compared to its predecessor S-300.