Images circulating on Telegram show the transit of two 51P6A launchers belonging to the S-400 system.
Russian commitment despite conflicts and sanctions
According to their source, these photographs show two of the S-400 systems destined for Indian defenses, scheduled for delivery by the end of 2024. Despite the tension between Russia and Ukraine and Western sanctions, Russia is moving forward with its military agreements with India.
9M96E: Power and precision of the Russian missile
The 9M96E missile, an essential part of the S-400 system, is a surface-to-air projectile designed by Russia. This missile, capable of neutralizing airplanes, helicopters and UAVs, stands out for its technical specifications.
With a length of approximately 5.55 meters and a diameter of 0.51 meters, the 9M96E weighs around 420 kilograms. Equipped with a powerful fragmentation warhead, this missile is propelled by a solid-fuel rocket motor, guaranteeing speed and maneuverability.
This missile can hit targets up to a distance of 120 kilometers, giving the S-400 impressive coverage, ideal for protecting vast regions and essential assets.
The military relationship between Russia and India
2018 during a bilateral summit, India signed an agreement to acquire five S-400 systems from Russia. This system is recognized worldwide for its advanced air defense technology, showing India’s intention to enhance its air defense and solidify its military relationship with Russia.
Regarding the deployment of the S-400 in Indian territory, no specific locations have been provided. However, these will likely be placed strategically to guard military bases, key installations and other assets throughout the country.
The S-400 is perfect for defending large areas like metropolises, industrial zones and military bases. Deployment locations will be defined based on perceived threats and India’s defensive strategy.
International repercussions of the agreement
India’s decision to acquire the S-400 systems has caused concern internationally, especially in the United States. The American nation has expressed concern about how this agreement could affect the strategic relationship between both countries.
Still, India has maintained that its defense decisions are based on its security interests and its historical military relationship with Russia.