India will receive delivery of its first S-400 air defence systems by December and it will provide full cover even at high altitudes such as eastern Ladakh, The Economic Times reported, citing the system’s Russian developers.
Officials told the newspaper that the COVID-19 pandemic did not cause any delay and the first unit meant to be delivered to India is nearing completion.
“IAF (Indian Air Force) personnel are now training on the system in Russia,” Dmitriy Sugaev, head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told the newspaper. Sugaev added that there are currently no requests from India on ordering a larger number of the systems.
The Russian developers of the S-400 expressed confidence about the air defence system’s performance in areas at high altitude. Extensive testing was undertaken which shows that the S-400 can be operated at altitudes of over 3,000 metres above sea level.