India plans to deploy two S-400 missile defence systems by early 2022, changing the game against China
Early in 2022, two S-400 air defence systems will be operational in India, thanks to two Russian-trained teams. The Indian systems will counteract China’s S-400 installations in Ladakh and Arunachal LAC.
Beginning in 2022, the Modi government will deploy at least two regiments of S-400 air defense systems on India’s north and east borders, redressing the military’s tactical inferiority following the PLA’s unexpected incursions on the 1,597-kilometer Ladakh Line of Control in May 2020. (LAC). According to diplomats in Moscow, advanced elements of the S-400 systems have begun to arrive in India, with deep penetration radars of the two systems (in order) being installed next month.
By early 2022, the two S-400 systems will be operational, matching China’s deployment of the same Russian system across the Ladakh and Arunachal LAC. Two Indian military teams have been trained in Russia to handle the S-400 system, which can reach nearly 400 kilometers into enemy territory. Because of the close relationship between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India was able to obtain two S-400 complexes in a short period of time. As a result, President Vladimir Putin is making a second exception this year, leaving the nation on December 6 to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While President Putin has hosted visitors in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, the only time he has left Russia was on June 16 to meet with US Vice President Joe Biden in Geneva. He only had a virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in June this year and will not travel to Beijing, despite the fact that the two nations have an annual summit arrangement similar to that of the IMF and World Bank.
When the PLA surprised the Indian Army on the north banks of the Pangong Tso, Galwan, and Gogra-Hot Springs in May 2020, it was clear that the Chinese had plans to unilaterally modify the LAC by imposing a 1959 line on Ladakh that had already been rejected. The PLA kept troops and weapon systems who had arrived for yearly exercises across the Ladakh LAC in the spring of 2020, putting the Indian military on the back foot. Following the display of sheer valor by men of 16 Bihar under Col Santosh Babu against marauding PLA troops at Galwan on June 15, the Modi government rushed to fix the army’s inferiority on the Ladakh LAC. The first was the deployment of troops and the induction of T-90 tanks using Chinook helicopters on the Ladakh LAC all the way up to the Daulet Beg Oldi (DBO) sector. The second step was the deployment of Omni-role nuclear-capable Rafale fighters equipped with long-range air-to-air missiles and land-attack cruise missiles to provide air superiority and land-attack cruise missiles.
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