June 28, 2012

Govt clears procurement effort of QR-SAMs for 8 Army air defence regiments

The MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared a Rs. 12,000-crore acquisition of quick-reaction surface-to-air missiles for the Army. The missiles will arm eight air defence regiments of the Army. Competitors from US, Israel, France and Russia are expected to compete for the massive order that could take more than a year to finalise.
 Former Army Chief General V.K. Singh, in his letter to the Prime Minister, had highlighted the obsolete state of Indian Army's air defence arsenal. The decision today is a big boost for air defence cover of the country. The missiles are to replace the Army's obsolete Russian Kvadrat surface-to-air missile batteries. The IAF is awaiting the supply of Rafael SpyDer QR-SAM systems—a product that will compete for the Army competition as well. The huge order will include mostly license production by Bharat Dynamics Ltd.

- SP's MAI

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