NEW DELHI - India is working on a mega defence project to make the airspace over almost all its major cities, including Delhi and Mumbai, virtually impregnable, sources in the military establishment said.
The government is procuring a variety of air defence systems, including missiles, launchers and command-and-control units from the US, Russia and Israel, besides deploying indigenously developed missiles as part of the project, they said, NDTV has reported.
In the last few years, China has significantly ramped up its air power and sources said that the government was determined to equip the Indian Air Force with capabilities on par with its adversaries.
"Missile shield over the national capital and many other cities are being strengthened considering the evolving security scenario. Procurement of missile systems, radars and weaponry is part of the initiative," a senior military official said.
India is engaged in talks with the US for procuring components of air defence systems, including missiles, radars and drones, and attack helicopters. The US has already approved sale of 22 Sea Guardian drones to India at an estimated cost of USD 2 billion.
It is for the first time the US is selling the drones to a country which is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Sources said India is also looking at the US' National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II to bolster its own missile shield.
India is also procuring the S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems from Russia at a cost of nearly Rs 40,000 crore to boost its air defence mechanism. The deal is likely to be signed by the two countries later this year.
"The aim of the project is to make our skyline impregnable," the official said.