Procurement of S-400 missile systems is ‘sovereign decision’ based on threat perception: MoS Defence
The S-400 Missile is a potent system in terms of its operational capability to provide continuous and effective air defence system to a very large area. This was stated by Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt in a written reply in the Lok Sabha yesterday. He said, air defence capability of the nation will be significantly enhanced with the induction of this system. He added that a contract has been signed in 2018 for delivery of S-400 system from Russia.
The Minister said, the government is aware of all developments that may impact procurement of defence equipment. He said, government takes sovereign decisions based on threat perception, operational and technological aspects to keep the Armed Forces in a state of readiness to tackle the security challenges.
Replying to another query, Mr. Bhatt said, the Government has taken several policy initiatives and brought reforms to encourage indigenous design, development and manufacture of defence equipment within the country. He said, these measures has been taken with an aim to reduce dependency on imports.