DAC approves new missiles, fighter jets, a major boost for IAF - TNBCLive

The Ministry of Defense is going to purchase 250 indigenously designed and developed Astra missiles for the Indian Air Force’s fleet of Su-30MKIs and the Navy’s MiG-29K fighter aircraft. According to officials, all the missiles can be delivered next year onwards.

Today, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, cleared acquisitions worth Rs. 38,900 crore for three services, including 33 Russian fighter jets for the Indian Air Force, air-to-air and cruise missiles for the IAF and Indian Navy, and rocket warheads and radios for the Army.

The declaration comes amid tensions on the Ladakh border which aims to reduce dependence on imports and boost the defence industry. The missiles cleared include the 100-km range Astra Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles; and the 1,000-km range Nirbhay cruise missile for the IAF and Navy, worth over Rs 10,000 crore, is among the largest for indigenously designed and developed missiles.

The cleared acquisition by the DAC also includes 33 fighter aircraft from Russia, Su-30MKIs and 21 refurbished MiG-29 fighters. The defence ministry has also allotted Rs 7418 crore for refurbishment and rebuilt of 21 MiG-29 from Russia. Meanwhile, an Aeronautics Ltd at their Nashik facility will locally assemble the Su-30MKI for Rs 10,730 core.

“The equipment are going to be manufactured in India involving Indian defence industry with participation of several MSMEs as prime-tier vendors. The indigenous content in some of these projects is up to 80% of the project cost,” the defence ministry said, 

The release added that acquisitions worth Rs 31,130 crore would be carried out from the Indian industry. The MoD will purchase 250 250 indigenously designed and developed Astra missiles for the IAF’s fleet of Su-30MKIs and the Navy’s MiG-29K fighter aircraft. These missiles, defence, officials say, can be delivered next year onwards.

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