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Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin on Friday said that the production of five units of S-400 air defence missile system have commenced and will be delivered to India by 2025.

“Russia has one of the world’s best defence system and it would serve well for Indian security,” Babushkhin added.

India had announced its intention to acquire S-400 ‘Triumf’ surface-to-air missile systems during a BRICS Summit in 2015. The contract worth $5.43 billion was signed during the visit of The Russian President Vladamir Putin to India last year.

The US under Trump administration have opposed the S-400 deal with Russia and have threatened to impose sanctions on the states that are acquiring weapons and military hardware from Russia.

Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a federal law in United States  restricts defence purchases from Russia, Iran and North Korea. India’s $5.43 billion deal with Russia could attract sanctions under this law, and may affect Indo-US ties.

The S-400, an upgraded version of the S-300, had previously only been available to the Russian defence forces. It is manufactured by Almaz-Antey and has been in service in Russia since 2007.

The S-400 missile system has the capacity to destroy aircrafts, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles. It can also be used against ground installations. The missile can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km.

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