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India receives its third squadron from Russia to intensify defence security strength against the threat from Pakistan and China.
India receives its third section of S-400 air defence system from Russia, signalling a significant boost to its security against potential aerial attacks from China and Pakistan. The deployment of this new squadron at the border with Pakistan will protect Punjab and northern Rajasthan, which will strengthen India’s security defence.
Where will the S-400 squadron be deployed?
The S-400 air defense system has been strategically placed by India on different fronts to counter any possible air attacks. India installed the first squadron near Pathankot, to impede any attack from China on Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. The second squadron has been deployed to protect the ‘Siliguri Corridor’ in West Bengal.
How will it impact India’s defence security?
The S-400 system can stop an attack from a variety of enemy weapons, including drones and ballistic missiles, in an area of 400 km (about 248.55 mi). The radar of the S-400 starts tracking the enemy’s air attack from 500 km (about 310.69 mi) and destroys the enemy’s missile when it comes into range. The system is an important addition to India’s air defense capabilities, given China’s arsenal of missiles of different distances and Pakistan’s development of missiles as its main weapon.
The S-400 system will be crucial in stopping air strikes from Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, while also providing the flexibility to shift deployment to the eastern front in the event of increasing tensions with China. This flexibility is a crucial advantage for India, which has to deal with two enemies on two fronts in the form of China and Pakistan.
The S-400 deal continues to cement diplomatic ties between India and Russia
India initiated this mega defense deal with Russia in 2018 for Rs 35000 crore, under which five squadrons of S-400 were to be received from Russia by India. The delivery of the third squadron in February 2023 demonstrates Russia’s commitment to fulfilling its obligations despite the ongoing war against Ukraine. Despite the ongoing unsolved conflict against Ukraine, Russia delivered the third squadron in February 2023, reflecting the substantial relationship between India and Russia.
How will the S-400 work against Pakistan and China?
India’s air defense capabilities are crucial for its national security, given its geopolitical situation. The country has long-standing border disputes with both China and Pakistan, and tensions between India and its neighbors have escalated in recent years. The S-400 system is an important part of India’s strategy to defend itself against potential aerial attacks, and its deployment marks a significant step forward in the country’s defense capabilities.
India has been facing external threats from Pakistan and China with the delivery of the third S-400 squadron for India and its security is it a relieve against any potential attacks from Pakistan.
India has been facing an external scuffle with Pakistan and China for a prolonged period due to geopolitical squabbles that have been occurring against the two countries hence S-400 will shield India’s defence from all forms of geopolitical threats from Pakistan and China.