India to acquire 61 advanced air-defense missiles


The Defence Ministry has cleared the proposal of Rs- 10,000 crore to procure 61 advanced air defense gun systems from Indian manufacturers under the Make in India initiative.

The 61 Advanced Air Defense Systems will be replacing the old Soviet origin L-70 and Zu-23 air defence guns system.

Indian firms such as Tata Power SED, Punj Lloyd, L&T, Mahindra Defence, Bharat Electronics Limited and the Ordnance Factory Board are expected to take part in tender where the companies will have to tie up with foreign manufacturers in building the system. This will come under the ‘buy and make’ clause of the defence acquisition process.

The Indian Air Force is also aiming to induct the Air-Defense Guns System popularly known as CIWS (Close-in Weapon System) while the system will be integrated with air command-and-control systems that will perform air traffic and surveillance management functions.