Government Clears Over Rs 5,000 crore Akash Missile Project for Air Force (excerpt)
(Source: Economic Times; published Sept 05, 2019)
NEW DELHI --- In a bid to boost to Air Force's capability to take down enemy fighter aircraft, the government has cleared the procurement of six squadrons of the indigenous Akash air defence missile systems worth Rs 5,000 crore to be deployed on the borders with Pakistan and China.

"The Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently cleared the project for the Air Force. The Defence Ministry informed the Air Force about the government decision today," government sources said here.

The three-year-old proposal for the acquisition of the Akash missiles is being seen as the whole-hearted acceptance of the indigenous missile system among the armed forces as this clearance would increase the number of Akash systems ordered for the Air Force to 15, the sources said.

The initial order for the Akash by the Air Force was for two squadrons and the increased orders show the faith it has in the system, they said. (end of excerpt)


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