Russia has confirmed that it is delivering the S-400 long-range air defense system to India. By the end of this year, India will obtain its first complete S-400 air defense missile battalion. It is still unclear where India will deploy its first S-400 air defense missile battalion, but news shows that India is likely to deploy its first S-400 air defense missile battalion near the India-Pakistan border.
Relevant experts believe that India has many advantages in deploying the S-400 air defense system near the India-Pakistan border. The terrain of the India-Pakistan border area is relatively flat, which can give full potential to the performance of the S-400 air defense system and the radar detection of the S-400 air defense system. With a distance of more than 1,000 kilometers, the missile has a range of 400 kilometers. It can not only monitor the air activities in the hinterland of Pakistan but also pose a serious threat to the Pakistan Air Force within its range: theoretically, as long as the Pakistan Air Force’s fighters take off, they may be detected. The defensive S-400 air defense system can even play an offensive role, the so-called “ground control of the air.”