India is considering the purchase of “several dozen” Russian Pantsir-S air defense missile systems.
Despite the fact that several years ago, India categorically refused to even consider the acquisition of the Russian Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile and gun systems, having opted for analogues in South Korea, it became known that the latter obviously did not satisfy New Delhi, and at the moment, India wants to buy a very large number of Russian “Shells” – it is estimated that we are talking about 30-36 complexes.
Initially, Defense24 announced the purchase of the Russian Pantsir-S air defense missile systems by India, noting that India realized that covering the S-400 purchased from Russia would require highly effective air defense systems that could cover the Triumph deployment area. Later, information appeared that it was a purchase of 30-36 Russian Pantsir-S air defense missile systems, however, the head of the Indian Ministry of Defense did not confirm this information, noting that the “Armor” is an ideal cover for S-400 positioning areas.
Prospects for the acquisition of air defense systems, according our Indian media, were discussed during a visit to Moscow by a delegation led by Minister of Defense Rajnat Singh.
According to the Indian observer Huma Siddiqui, the acquisition of this type of equipment is necessary for India because of the difficulties on the Indian-Chinese border – in the Ladakh region, whose territorial affiliation is disputed.
According to the latest data, one Pantsir-S air defense missile defense complex costs $ 10-12 million. if India purchases the Russian Pantsir-S air defense missile defense system, can reach 300-430 million dollars.
According to Military Review, Russia is offering India technology transfer with the possibility of producing some components of the Shell shell.
“The shells can easily be integrated into a wider air defense network and act in conjunction with the S-400, which India requested to be delivered ahead of schedule,” the Indian military quoted the Indian media as saying.
ZRPK “Pantsir-S” – a self-propelled anti-aircraft ground-based missile-cannon system developed by the Tula State Unitary Enterprise “Instrument Design Bureau”. It is used for short-range cover of civilian and military installations, including long-range air defense systems, from all modern and promising air attack weapons. It is capable of detecting targets within a radius of 75 km, and the missile range of the latest versions of the complex is 40 km.