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All you need to know about the S-400 missiles India is buying from Russia

Last updated on: October 15, 2016 15:14 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday signed an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the shipment of Russia’s most advanced anti-aircraft defence system, the S-400 Triumf, to India.

In December last year, India had approved the purchase of five S-400s.

Here’s what you should know about this missile system and how India will benefit from it. 

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The Russian S-400 missile system is the most modern, air defence system in the Russian arsenal
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The S400 Triumf is designed to knock down flying targets including those equipped with stealth technologies, at a distance of about 400 kilometre
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Compared with its predecessor, the S-300, the new S-400 has a 2.5 times faster firing rate

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The S-400 has the capacity to fire three types of missiles
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Just one system comprising up to 8 divisions (battalions) can control up to 72 launchers. It can also handle a maximum of 384 missiles
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It is also capable of taking out ballistic missiles and hyper-sonic targets
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It is developed by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau in the 1990s

Photographs: Reuters

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