ARMY, NAVY ‘DIS­AP­POINTED’ AS MOD DE­FERS CRU­CIAL MIS­SILE BUYS

SP's LandForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

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.

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