New Delhi: In a strong message to rival China amidst a face-off along Ladakh border, India today decided to buy a 1,000-km range land attack cruise mi

Amidst China face-off, India to induct Nirbhay-type cruise missile, Sukhoi combat jets

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2020-07-02 12:14:44

New Delhi: In a strong message to rival China amidst a face-off along Ladakh border, India today decided to buy a 1,000-km range land attack cruise missile, a more potent technology than even the locally-made ‘Nirbhay‘ cruise missile, to arm the Indian armed forces.

The panel also decided to buy additional MiG-29 and Su-30MKI combat aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF), apart from an upgrade project for the existing fleet of MiG-29s, at a cumulative cost of Rs 18,148 crore ($2.4 billion)

The long-range land-attack cruise missiles and the fighter jets were among a slew of other weaponry and defence systems that the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved in deals that could be worth $5.2 billion in all, according to a statement from the Ministry of Defence spokesperson A. Bharat Bhushan Babu said.

“In the current situation and the need to strengthen the armed forces for the defence of our borders,” the statement said, procurement proposals worth Rs 38,900 crore ($5.2 billion) were approved.

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