India approves Army MR-SAM acquisition

28 February 2017

Key Points

  • MR-SAM solution will be a co-development between IAI and the DRDO, based of the Barak LR
  • Proposed deal envisages five missile regiments comprising 40 firing units

India's Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 22 approved an INR170 billion (USD2.53 billion) joint development of a Medium Range Surface-to-Air missile (MR-SAM) system with Israel for the Indian Army (IA).

A development of the Barak 8 (Lightening) missile system, now re-designated as the Barak LR by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the 70 km-range MR-SAM system will be a collaborative arrangement between the IAI and India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

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