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What makes S-400 a politically savvy deal, but hardly a game changer

Its integration may turn the missile into a white elephant that could bleed the military down the line; it may also not be effective against the F-16s Pakistan has bought, or China's stealth fighters

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S-400 Missile Systems  |  Russia  |  Pakistan

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra 

The S-400 deal with Russia, comes as a mixed bag with gains at best being political. On balance it would be safe to say that militarily, despite the S-400's formidable capabilities (as advertised) will not translate into a serious game changer on the ground, and its purchase costs may be misleading as its integration may turn it into a white elephant that could bleed the military down the line.

What we need to be clear about is that on paper, the S-400 is a formidable capability against aircraft. It has very long range and ability for extreme manoeuvres, which means that most ...

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First Published: Thu, October 04 2018. 16:09 IST
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