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India’s Top Defense Acquisitions of 2020

picture source: ANI 

According to Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister of India, The Defence Acquisition Procedure derives its spirit from the call to an “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”, which defines India’s dream to become a 5 trillion economy by 2021. This concept had some very interesting and new takeaways. Let’s take a look at them.

  1. BrahMos

The BrahMos missile was jointly developed by India’s Defense Research Development Organization and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya. It is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarine, ships, aircraft, or land. It is the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world. It is designated as PG-10.

2. Boeing P8 Poseidon 

This is an American military aircraft developed and produced by Boeing Defense, Space & Security. It was originally developed for the United States Military. The P-8 operates in the anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), and shipping interdiction roles. It is armed with torpedoes, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and other weapons.

3. Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

This one is a large military transport aircraft that was developed for the United States Air Force from the 1980s to the early 1990s. According to the Boeing website,  the multi-service C-17 can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world day or night. The massive, sturdy, long-haul aircraft tackles distance, destination and heavy, oversized payloads in unpredictable conditions. This makes it important and critical in places with a mountainous topography like Pakistan and China.

Apart from acquiring weapons, deals also make up an important part of our defence resources. Here are a few of the most successful ones:

  1. India-US Apache Contract

India and US have signed the contract for six Apache helicopters for the Indian Army which follows a contract for 22 helicopters ordered by the Indian Air Force in 2015. Deliveries for the Indian army are set to begin in 2022. The FMS contract for the Apache includes munitions, training, aircraft certification, and components include engines, EO sensors and the radar.

2. The MH-60 Romeo Deal

This defence deal, which according to the Economic Times is worth USD 2.6 billion dollars, is a deal under which 30 military helicopters will be procured from two American defence majors for the Indian armed forces. The choppers will operate from frontline ships and aircraft carriers providing them with the critical attributes of the flexibility of operation, enhanced surveillance and attacking capability.

3. India- Israel Defence pact

Amin escalating border tensions, this deal included the procurement of SPICE-2000 Bombs, Barak-8 MRSAM missile kits and HAROP Suicide drones.


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