According to Defence Ministry sources, "The delivery of the second squadron had to begin in June. But now it will be delayed by at least a month."
Last December, India took delivery of the first S-400 tranche from Moscow as part of the $5.43 billion deal that both the countries inked in 2018. New Delhi has to receive delivery of five such tranches of S-400 missiles.
The first tranche was delivered last December after the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to India.
As per the sources, the first unit has been deployed in the northwestern part of the country and is operational near the Ambala base in Punjab to safeguard the Rafael jets.
Each tranche of the S-400 system has two batteries with 128 missiles each, capable of interceptions at set distances of 120 kilometres, 200 km, 250 km and 380 km. Its capabilities also extend to long-range acquisitions, engagement radar and all-terrain transport-erector vehicles.
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