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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Indian Air Defense

NEW DELHI, India -- India's military chiefs want a state-of-the-art Russian air defense system which they believe would provide adequate protection against enemy missiles.

The deal would make India one of the top buyers of Russian military hardware, analysts here added.

"The system will place India far ahead of Pakistan and China in terms of air defense," a ministry source said on conditions of anonymity.

He claimed the Russian system had an edge over the U.S.-built Patriot missile, a system designed to shoot down incoming missiles that was successfully deployed during the Gulf War in 1992.

"It incorporates anti-aircraft, anti-short range and anti-ballistic missiles," he said, and identified the system as S-300 which could replace India's existing string of SAM-3 air-defense missiles