India's Defence Ministry Approves Procurement Of Fighter Jets, Missile Systems For Rs 38,900 Cr

 - Sakshi Post

NEW DELHI: India's defence ministry on on Thursday approved procurement of fighter jets, missile systems and other platforms at a cost of Rs 38,900 crore to bolster the combat capability of the armed forces.

Officials told a news agency that 21 MiG-29 fighter jets are being bought from Russia while 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft will be procured from Russia. The ministry has also approved a separate proposal to upgrade existing 59 MiG-29 aircraft.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh led meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) took the decision.

The procurement of 21 MiG-29 and upgrading of the existing fleet of MiG-29 are estimated to cost the government Rs 7,418 crore while purchase of 12 new Su-30 MKI from the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd will be made at a cost of Rs 10,730 crore, the officials said.

The DAC also approved procurement of long range land attack cruise missile systems with a range of 1,000 KM and Astra Missiles for Navy and Air Force.

The officials said cost of these design and development proposals is in the range of Rs 20,400 crore.

"While acquisition of Pinaka missile systems will enable raising additional regiments over and above the ones already inducted, addition of long range land attack missile systems having a firing range of 1000 KM to the existing arsenal will bolster the attack capabilities of the Navy and the Air Force," said a defence ministry official.

"Similarly induction of Astra Missiles having beyond visual range capability will serve as a force multiplier and immensely add to the strike capability of the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force," he was quoted saying.

The procurement assumes significance as India and China have been involved in a tense border row. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed by Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on the night of 15-16 June.

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