India start talks with Russia for Rs 39,000 cr Triumf missile shield deal

India has begun final contract negotiations with Russia for the acquisition of five advanced S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems worth Rs 39,000 crore (over $5.5 billion) It can detect, track and destroy hostile strategic bombers, stealth fighters, spy planes, missiles and drones at a range of up to 400 km and altitude of 30 km. India can deploy the highly-mobile S-400 system to protect a city during war, or even use it to neutralise Pakistan's short-range Nasr (Hatf-IX) nuclear missiles. When the S-400 contract is actually inked, it will be among the largest-ever deals with Russia.