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India approves NASAMS for air defence umbrella

1st August 2018 - 08:45 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to obtain the NASAMS 2 air defence system via a government-to-government sale with the US. India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) quietly approved the weapon’s acceptance of necessity in early July.

The proposed Foreign Military Sale for an undisclosed number of batteries will be worth some $1 billion, but it still requires US approval. Delhi is expected to formally issue a letter of request before the end of 2018.

The missile system is needed to protect strategic locations and infrastructure against aircraft, cruise missiles and UAVs. Specifically, it will defend the national capital region

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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