IAF Set to Receive Advanced Radars and Air Defence Systems Worth Rs 13,000 Cr
IAF Set to Receive Advanced Radars and Air Defence Systems Worth Rs 13,000 Cr

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is gearing up to enhance its surveillance prowess along the borders with China and Pakistan. In a recent development, the Cabinet Committee on Security has greenlit deals worth approximately Rs 13,000 crore. These agreements encompass the procurement of cutting-edge radars and close-in weapon systems from Indian conglomerate Larsen and Toubro (L&T).

Upgraded Radar Systems for Heightened Vigilance: In a move aimed at bolstering India's monitoring capabilities, the IAF will invest around Rs 6,000 crore in acquiring state-of-the-art radars to replace and reinforce the existing radar network along the borders. This strategic step seeks to fortify India's radar coverage in key areas.

The Cabinet Committee has also sanctioned the ambitious Made in India Close-in Weapon System project valued at approximately Rs 7,000 crore. This system, based on an iteration of air defence guns, will provide enhanced protection to critical assets and locations against potential aerial threats posed by drones and aircraft.

Larsen and Toubro, in collaboration with various Indian small and medium enterprises, will manufacture the new radars and Close-in Weapon Systems. This collaborative effort is anticipated to generate a substantial number of jobs within the defence sector, aligning with the government's 'Make in India' initiative.
India's future radar deployment plans entail the installation of a considerable number of radars along its borders in phased manner. Subsequent phases will focus on procuring completely indigenous solutions, further fortifying the nation's surveillance capabilities.

The approval of these projects underscores the Narendra Modi government's commitment to indigenous defence manufacturing. More domestically produced acquisitions are expected to gain clearance in the Defence Acquisition Council and other decision-making bodies in the near future.

In addition to the initiatives for the Air Force, the CCS has also given the green light to a significant project for the Indian Navy. The Navy is set to procure over 200 BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, valued at over Rs 19,000 crore. This move aligns with the government's focus on consolidated acquisitions of indigenous defence equipment.

The approval of these projects marks a significant stride towards bolstering India's defence capabilities through indigenous manufacturing. These acquisitions will not only strengthen the armed forces but also reinforce the country's self-reliance in defence production.

Indian Navy Secures Massive BrahMos Missile Boost Worth Rs 19,000 Cr

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