Gov­ern­ment clears pro­cure­ment ef­fort of QR-SAMS for eight Army air de­fence

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The Min­istry of De­fence’s (MoD) De­fence Ac­qui­si­tion Coun­cil (DAC) has cleared a ` 12,000-crore ac­qui­si­tion of quick-re­ac­tion sur­face-toair mis­siles for the Army. The mis­siles will arm eight air de­fence reg­i­ments of the Army. Com­peti­tors from US, Is­rael, France and Rus­sia are expected to com­pete for the mas­sive or­der that could take more than a year to fi­nalise.

For­mer Army Chief Gen­eral V.K. Singh, in his let­ter to the Prime Min­is­ter, had high­lighted the ob­so­lete state of In­dian Army’s air de­fence ar­se­nal. The de­ci­sion to­day is a big boost for air de­fence cover of the coun­try. The mis­siles are to re­place the Army’s ob­so­lete Rus­sian Kvadrat sur­face-to-air mis­sile bat­ter­ies. The IAF is await­ing the sup­ply of Rafael Spy­Der QR-SAM sys­tems—a prod­uct that will com­pete for the Army com­pe­ti­tion as well. The huge or­der will in­clude mostly li­cence pro­duc­tion by Bharat Dy­nam­ics Ltd.

In­dian Army will re­place the now ob­so­lete Rus­sian Kvadrat sur­face-to-air mis­siles

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