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Russia to deliver Smerch rockets to India

Smerch will be delivered under the $150 million deal inked last December.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 22:15 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Russia is starting deliveries of 'Smerch' (Tornado) multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) to India.

Smerch will be delivered under the $150 million deal inked last December, local media reported on Thursday.

Under the contract signed with 'Rosoboronexport' arms exporting monopoly Urals-based company Motovilikhinskiye Zavody will provide about 30 modernised 'Smerch' systems to arm three regiments of the Indian Army. Smerch sales to India have been under negotiation since the late 1990s.

The rockets with inbuilt gyroscopes for perfect homing at the target are said to be world leaders in their class, have a range of up to 70 km and can be armed with a wide range of conventional warheads including deadly 'thermo-baric' (vacuum) capable of destroying enemy personnel sheltered in reinforced concrete bunkers and pill-boxes, a spokesman of the 'Smerch' designer Tula-based 'Splav' company said.

To save on the cost the 'Smerch' MLRS for India will be fitted on Tatra chassis, indigenously built by Indo-Czech joint venture.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 22:15 IST