Pentagon: A top official of the Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Department of Defense, has said that India is planning to deploy the S-400 missile system by June 2022 to protect the country in view of threats from Pakistan and China. Lieutenant General Scott Barrier, director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, gave this information to members of the MP’s Armed Services Committee during a congressional hearing.
He said that India has started getting S-400 missile system from Russia since December last year. By October 2021, India’s military was considering the purchase of advanced surveillance systems to protect its land and sea borders and to enhance cyber capabilities.
Barrier said, “India received the initial consignment of Russian S-400 missile system in December and India is planning to operate this system by June 2022 in view of threats from Pakistan and China.” India is building its hypersonic, ballistic, cruise missiles as well as developing air defense missile capabilities, conducting multiple tests continuously since 2021. The number of satellites of India in space is increasing and it is increasing its influence in space.
India has longstanding defense ties with Russia
He said that India is taking steps for integration of commands, which will improve the combined capability of its three armed forces. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given priority to strengthen the country’s economy since 2019 by expanding India’s domestic defense industry and adopting a policy of reducing defense purchases from foreign companies. Barrier said, “India has a long-term defense relationship with Russia. India has also adopted a neutral stand on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has continuously sought to maintain peace.
India emphasizes on cyber security, intelligence and etc.
India is trying to ensure stability and promote prosperity in the Indo-Pacific. He said, “India emphasizes on cyber security, strengthening intelligence and operational cooperation and protecting critical information infrastructure, etc.” Barrier said that India is committed to the 2003 ceasefire agreement, but it is not a terrorist. It is determined to deal with threats and has conducted anti-terrorist operations in Kashmir.
Relations between India and China remain tense
He further said that there will be occasional minor skirmishes between the soldiers of India and Pakistan, but in case of any major terrorist incident in India by the terrorists of Pakistan, India can take major military action. He said that relations between India and China have remained tense after the violent clashes between the soldiers of the two countries on the Line of Actual Control in 2020.
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