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The defence ministry approved several capital procurement projects that include more than 30 new fighter jets, 300 long-range land-attack cruise missiles and 250 air-to-air missiles.
- The projects will take at least two to three years, if not more, to translate into actual inductions into the armed forces but they signal the government’s renewed thrust on building military capabilities for the two active borders with China and Pakistan despite budgetary constraints.
- The defence acquisitions council (DAC), chaired by defence minister approved procurement of more MiG-29s and Sukhoi-30 MKIs from Russia.
- HAL to license-produce additional Sukhois which will be licensed produced by defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics, along with upgraded electronic warfare suites and additional supplies and spares for the fleet.
- Among the projects approved by the DAC are:
- Induction of the Astra beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles,
- Induction of over 300 land-attack cruise missiles (advanced version of the Nirbhay (fearless) missile),
- Induction of Astra, software-defined radio, Pinaka munitions and the land-attack cruise missiles.
-Source: The Hindu, Hindustan Times