NEW DELHI: The Defence ministry on Tuesday said minister Nirmala Sitharaman had “cleared two procurement proposals” worth Rs 1,714 crore to acquire 240 precision-guided bombs from Russia and 131 Barak missiles from Israel.
The Rs 1,254 crore acquisition of the 240 “smart” KAB-1500 laser-guided bombs for Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets from M/s JSC Rosoboron Exports (Russia) will “address the deficiency of precisionguided munitions” in the IAF’s arsenal as well as “enhance the offensive capabilities” of the force.
The 131 additional Barak-I missiles to be acquired from M/s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd (Israel), in turn, are meant to arm the earlier version of the anti-missile defence systems fitted on 14 Indian warships after the Kargil conflict. “The long-pending contract to replenish the existing missile stocks… has been inked today,” said a source.
While the Barak-I system has an interception range of 9-km, the next-generation Barak-8 system now being fitted on other frontline warships like the Kolkata-class destroyers has a kill range of 70-km against enemy aircraft, drones and missiles.
The Barak-8 anti-missile defence systems have been developed under the long-delayed joint projects between DRDO and Israeli Aerospace Industries for Indian warships (initial cost was Rs 2,606 crore) and IAF air defence squadrons (Rs 10,076 crore).
Source : timesofindia