mody wrote:We are going to get 5 squadrons, comprising of 10 firing units.
This is crucial. We will potentially have 10 deployed units and not just 5. We can even have 4 for the eastern border and 6 units for the western.
China has purchased 6 batteries of the S400 system. Don't know if a battery and firing unit are the same or not.
Maybe someone else can clarify.
However, one thing is for sure, there will be more then 5 sites where the S400 will be deployed.
Our Air defence network will have the following components, within the next 3-4 years:
1). Spyder + QRSAM for mobile air defence and last resort defence against planes and cruise missiles. Range upto 20 Kms
2). Akash MK-1 and MK-1S as short to medium range SAMs, primarily for fixed deployment for defending defence installations, like air bases etc. Range max 35 Kms for MK1S. Effective against planes and cruise missiles.
3). MRSAM/Barak-8 as a medium SAM, for fixed deployment for defending defence installations and high value assets. Hopefully in the future, we will get a Akash-MK2 to supplement the Barak-8. Range upto 70 Kms. Effective against planes and cruise missiles.
4). LRSAM/Barak-8-ER. Essentially Barak-8 with a solid rocket booster to enhance range upto 120 Kms. Will be used primarily for targets in the range of 30-120 Kms. Effective against planes and limited capability against SRBM and MRBMs.
5). S400 - LRSAM and Anti Ballistic missile system for SRBM and MRBM systems. Range max upto 400 Kms.
6). 2-Tier BMD consisting of AAD/PDV missiles for taking care of SRBM, MRBM and IRBM upto 2,000 Km range missiles.
Won't the NASAMS 2 fit in there somewhere... Truly India is all about diversity