New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on
Security (CCS) on Thursday is understood to have discussed the
induction of the indigenously-produced and developed Akash
surface to air missile defence system into the Indian Army.
The CCS is also understood to have discussed some of
the proposals of the Navy to tackle piracy in the high seas,
sources said here.
The Army is looking to place orders for two regiments
of the missile system, which has already been inducted into
the Indian Air Force (IAF).
"Request for Proposal (REP) for procurement of Akash
Weapon System for Army has been issued to a Defence Public
Sector Undertaking (DPSU) in October 2010," Defence Minister A
K Antony had recently said.
The IAF has already inducted two squadrons of the
missile system including its radar and is looking to place
orders for six more squadrons.
The Akash missile systems consist of a launcher, a
missile with a 25-30 km range, control centre, multifunction
fire control radar and supporting ground equipment.