India, Russia ink Rs.1,500-crore deal for air-to-air missile

Boosting its capabilities in beyond visual range warfare, India signed a deal worth around Rs.1,500 crore to acquire R-27 air-to-air missiles from Russia to be equipped on the Su-30 MKI combat aircraft.

The Russian missiles with an extended range would give an added capability to the Sukhois to take on enemy aircraft at long ranges.

The missiles have been acquired under 10-I projects which mandate the three services to maintain critical weapon systems and spares for a specified minimum period, which is known as War Wastage Reserve.

The R-27 missile is a medium-to-long-range air-to-air missile developed by Russia for its MiG and Sukhoi series of fighter jets.

In the last 50 days, the Indian Air Force has signed deals worth over Rs.7,600 crore for acquiring equipment under emergency requirements approved by the Defence Ministry.

The IAF has spent around Rs.7,600 crore in procuring missiles such as the Spice 2000, Strum Ataka ATGMs and a large number of spares under the emergency procurement route.

After the Pulwama attack, the Central government had given emergency powers to the three services to buy whatever equipment is required by them for safeguarding the borders with Pakistan.

Under the powers given, the security forces can buy the equipment of their choice within three months at the cost of up to Rs.300 crore per case.

The emergency powers were given to the forces within a few weeks after the Pulwama attack.

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