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MoD signs deals worth 39,125 crore for missiles, radars, aero engines

ByRahul Singh
Mar 01, 2024 04:50 PM IST

The Cabinet Committee on Security, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved these deals recently to boost India’s naval power

New Delhi: In a big push for the ongoing self-reliance drive in the defence manufacturing sector, the defence ministry on Friday signed five contracts worth Rs.39,125 crore for BrahMos missiles, ship-borne Brahmos systems, close-in weapon systems, high-power radars, and aero-engines for MiG-29 fighter planes.

The defence ministry on Friday signed five major capital acquisition contracts in New Delhi (Twitter/@DefenceMinIndia)
The defence ministry on Friday signed five major capital acquisition contracts in New Delhi (Twitter/@DefenceMinIndia)

“These deals will further strengthen indigenous capabilities, save foreign exchange and reduce dependency on foreign origin equipment manufacturers,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

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Two of these deals were signed with BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited — one for around 200 BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles worth Rs.19,518.65 crore and the other for ship-borne BrahMos systems worth 988.07 crore. The Cabinet Committee on Security, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved these deals recently to boost India’s naval power. The BrahMos missile has been developed by India and Russia.

“These missiles would be utilised to meet combat and training requirements of the Indian Navy. This project is likely to generate employment of 9 lakh man-days in the joint venture entity and around 135 lakh man-days in ancillary industries...The ship-borne BrahMos system is the Indian Navy’s primary weapon for maritime strike operations fitted on board various frontline warships. This project is likely to generate employment of around 60,000 man-days over a period of 7-8 years,” the statement said.

It is the fastest cruise missile in the world with a speed of Mach 2.8, nearly three times the speed of sound. BrahMos variants can be launched from land, air and sea, and all three variants are in service in the Indian armed forces. BrahMos missiles can strike targets at 290 km and its extended range variant can hit targets at 500 km.

Two contracts were signed with Larsen & Toubro Limited for close-in weapon systems (CIWS) worth 7,668.82 crore for terminal air defence of select locations in the country, and high-power radars (HPR) with advanced surveillance features for 5,700 crore to boost air defence capabilities.

CIWS is planned for deployments at various locations across India to protect vital assets from all types of low-flying, low-signature aerial threats, including unmanned aerial vehicles, L&T said in a statement. It consists of air defence guns, tracking radars and search radars linked to a command and control station.

“The CIWS project will boost and encourage active participation of Indian aerospace, defence and associated industries including MSMEs. The direct and indirect employment generated by this project would be about 2,400 persons/year over five years,” the defence ministry statement said.

The HPR will replace existing long-range radars of the Indian Air Force with modern active aperture phased array radars with advanced surveillance features. “It will significantly enhance the terrestrial air defence capabilities of IAF with the integration of sophisticated sensors capable of detection of small radar cross-section targets. It would be the first-of-its-kind radar built by the private sector in India. The direct and indirect employment generated by this project would be about 1,000 people/year over five years,” the statement said.

“Winning these high-tech projects after extensive trial evaluation is a testimony to our capabilities in design, development, precision engineering and manufacturing of advanced platforms and systems for the Indian armed forces. Our efforts are focused on enhancing the self-reliance of the armed forces,” said Arun Ramchandani, who heads L&T’s defence business.

The contracts were signed in the presence of defence minister Rajnath Singh.

The fifth contract was signed with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for RD-33 aero engines for MiG-29 aircraft at a cost of 5,249.72 crore. These aero engines will be produced by the Koraput division of HAL.

“These aero engines are expected to fulfil the need of IAF to sustain the operational capability of the MiG-29 fleet for the residual service life. The engines will be manufactured under the transfer of technology from Russia. The programme will focus on indigenisation of several high-value critical components, which will help increase the indigenous content of future repair and overhaul (ROH) tasks of RD-33 aero-engines,” the defence ministry statement said.

India has sharpened its focus on the defence manufacturing sector during the last five to six years and has taken several measures to achieve self-reliance. These include banning the import of a range of weapons, systems and parts, creating a separate budget for buying locally made military hardware, increasing foreign direct investment from 49% to 74% and improving ease of doing business.

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