New Delhi, August 8: In a major boost for Indian armed forces, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday approved the acquisition of two BrahMos supersonic cruise missile coastal batteries for the Indian Navy. The Defence Minister also cleared procurement of Made in India Software Defined Radios (SDR) for the armed forces. It was Singh’s first Defence Acquisition Council’s (DAC) meeting. BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile Test Fired From Odisha’s Chandipur.
The acquisition of the Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries (Long Range) for the Indian Navy has been has been developed and manufactured in India by Indo-Russia Joint Venture Company, BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited. These batteries will be fitted with supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface cruise missiles and would be deployed along the coast. BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Decide on Acquisition of Weapon Systems.
Meanwhile, the SDRs is a complex and state of art communication system, which has been indigenously designed and developed by DRDO, BEL and Weapons Electronics System Engineering Establishment (WESEE). It would enable information sharing, collaboration and situational awareness through high-speed data and secure voice communication with anti-jamming capability.
The entire acquisition will be of worth Rs 12,000 crore. Both these indigenously developed equipment are of the latest generation and would give a boost to the Make-in-India initiatives of the Government.