MR-SAM: India to buy Air Defence System worth Rs. 17,000 crore from Israel

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MR-SAM: India to buy Air Defence System worth Rs. 17,000 crore from Israel

NEW DELHI:  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has Shed light on the decision of the purchase of an air defence missile system from Israel as part of a plan to protect India from enemy aircraft.

India will recieve the Medium Range Surface to Air Defence Missile(MR-SAM) system from Israel at a cost of Rs 17,000 crore. As part of its plan, the Army will induct more than five regiments of MR-SAM, which will have 40 firing units and over 200 missiles.

"In a meeting of the cabinet committee on security headed by the Prime Minister, the proposal for procuring the MR-SAM air defence system for the Army was approved," as quoted by the Indian media. The MR-SAM system, jointly developed by DRDO and Israeli Aircraft Industry, reportedly can shoot down enemy aircraft between 50 to 70 km range.

"The delivery of the first system for the Army units will begin within 72 months of the signing of the contract and they would be ready for deployment in field areas by the year 2023,".

 India and Israel are both developing similar systems for the Air Force and the Navy.