Govt clears procurement of Barak missiles, guided bombs

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2018 09:04:16


 

(IANS),

THE Defence Ministry on Tuesday cleared two proposals to procure Barak Missiles from Israel and precision guided bombs for the Indian Air Force from Russia, together worth Rs 1,714 crore.


About 131 Barak Missiles and associated equipment, under option clause will be bought from Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd, Israel, at a cost of Rs 460 crore. These are surface-to-air missiles designed to be used as a ship-borne anti-missile defence system against anti-ship missiles. The second proposal cleared is for procurement of 240 bombs, at a cost of Rs 1,254 crore from JSC Rosonboron Exports.


The two procurement proposals were cleared by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
“The procurement of bombs will address the deficiency of Precision Guided Munitions in the IAF arsenal, besides enhancing the offensive capabilities of the IAF,” the Ministry said.


It said the 131 Barak missiles and associated equipment are being procured from Israel’s Rafael Advance Defence Systems Ltd at a cost of Rs 460 crore.
“These missiles are surface to air missiles designed to be used as a ship-borne anti-missile defence system against anti-ship missiles,” said the Ministry. The procurement is being made as part of the Government’s efforts to bolster operational capability of the Armed Forces.