A long-delayed booster shot to the IAF on Friday to enhance its air defense capabilities with a Rs 5,400 crore deal with defense PSU Bharat Electronics for seven additional squadrons of surface-to-air missile systems to the Indian Air Force. met.
The IAF had earlier ordered eight Akash-1 missile squadrons for Rs 6,200 crore, six of which are deployed in the northeast to counter the construction of China’s military infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control, including Includes eight fully operational border areas. The other two squadrons have come to Mirage-2000 fighter base in Gwalior and Sukhoi-30 MKI base in Pune.
The Army has inducted two Akash regiments at a cost of Rs 14,180 crore, while two others are in the pipeline. The fully automated Akash air defense missile system, which has the all-weather capability and can handle multiple air threats attacking from multiple directions simultaneously, aims to engage enemy fighters, helicopters, and drones at critical military installations and targets. To stop from attacking.
Using an integrated two-stage ramjet rocket propulsion technology, the sleek 5.6-meter-long sky is powered by an air-breathing engine to carry a 60 kg payload. Incidentally, Akash was one of the five main missile systems of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program launched by DRDO in 1984.
After a long delay due to technical problems, indigenous SAMs manufactured by Defense PSUs Bharat Electronics and Bharat Dynamics is now being inducted into the armed forces in large numbers.