The strength of the Air Force will increase. Because the Ministry of Defense has approved Rs 4276 crore for the Air Defense System. This information has been given by the Ministry of Defense itself.
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The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) on Tuesday approved three capital acquisition proposals amounting to Rs 4,276 crore to develop indigenous Helina anti-tank missiles and air defense systems to shoot down enemy aircraft. In this regard, a meeting of the Defense Acquisition Council was held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. According to the statement of the ministry, out of these three proposals, two are from the Indian Army and one from the Indian Navy.
As per the information DAC awarded AoN for procurement of HELINA anti-tank guided missiles, launchers and related accessories. Which will be integrated into the Light Helicopter (ALH). The missile is an essential part of the ALH’s armament to counter the enemy threat. The Defense Ministry’s statement said that its induction will strengthen the offensive capability of the Indian Army.
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DAC also awarded AoN for procurement of VSHORAD (IR Homing) missile system under design and development by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). Keeping in view the recent developments on the northern frontiers, there is a need to focus on effective Air Defense (AD) weapon systems, which are man-portable and can be rapidly deployed in rugged terrain and maritime domain.
It has been said by the ministry that the purchase of VSHORAD will strengthen air defense capabilities as a robust and quickly deployable system. In addition, the DAC approved the procurement of BrahMos Launcher and Fire Control System (FCS) for the Shivalik class of ships and Next Generation Missile Vessels (NGMV) for the Indian Navy.
With their induction, these ships will have enhanced capability to carry out maritime assault operations, engage and destroy enemy warships and merchant vessels, the statement said.
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Story first published: Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 19:34 [IST]