ARMY, NAVY ‘DISAPPOINTED’ AS MOD DEFERS CRUCIAL MISSILE BUYS
The Army and Navy, which had antici- pated a tough decision during the November 11, 2013 meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), were left disappointed with sensitivities, forcing Defence Minister A.K. Antony to err on the side of caution. The Army was expecting approval for a deal for Israeli-built SPIKE man-portable fire-and-forget antitank and anti-personnel guided missiles with a tandem-charged HEAT warheads for as many as 356 infantry battalions. In fact, the DAC meeting was also supposed to consider a follow-on purchase of over 250 Barak-1 point defence missile systems for warships including the Navy’s sole aircraft carrier INS Viraat. The Navy has been concerned that the Barak system suffers from a shortage of munitions in the Indian fleet and that this could affect the overall capability intended.