India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved an INR180 billion (USD2.8 billion) procurement of two additional Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)-designed mobile Akash (Sky) medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems for the Indian Army (IA), over three competing foreign systems. A regiment equates to approximately 5/6 squadrons or 240/288 launchers and 625/750 missiles.
An Indian defence source said that on 20 May the MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by defence minister Arun Jaitley, cancelled the short-range surface-to-air missile system (SRSAM) competition being competed by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems (with SPYDER), Rosonboronexport (with TOR M1), and Saab (with the BAMSE SRSAM) in keeping with the government's 'Make in India' initiative.
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