Indian Army opts for Israel's missiles, won't induct Akash any more

The Akash weapon system is an all-weather air-defence missile system which can target aircraft upto 30 kilometers away.

Last Updated: Mar 30, 2016, 16:19 PM IST
Indian Army opts for Israel's missiles, won't induct Akash any more

New Delhi: As Narendra Modi government continues to push hard for its 'Make in India' campaign, Indian Army has decided to induct Israel's quick-reaction surface-to-air missiles (QR-SAMs), a report said on Wednesday.

A report published in 'The Times of India', said the Indian Army has refused to induct any more indigenous Akash missiles.

The report says that the Army has categorically said, besides inducting the first two ordered regiments of Akash missiles, it doesn't want any more.

Earlier, the Indian Navy had said that it doesn't wants to induct the indigenous missiles due to "stabilisation problems".

The Army has done field trials of missile systems from Russia, Israel and Sweden. From all the three it has selected the Israeli Spyder QR-SAMs.

The Akash weapon system is an all-weather air-defence missile system which can target aircraft upto 30 kilometers away, at altitudes up to 18,000 metres.

Akash is a potent supersonic mobile multi-directional, multi-target air defence system that can simultaneously engage multiple air targets using sophisticated multi-function phased array radars.