India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved procurements worth more than INR36.87 billion (USD554.52 million) that include guns for Indian Navy (IN) warships and indigenously developed Nag anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) for the Indian Army (IA).
Officials told Jane’s that the MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, sanctioned the INR30 billion import of 13 BAE Systems 127 mm Mk 45 naval gun systems (NGSs) on 27 April under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.
The guns, which have been described by the government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) as a “long-outstanding naval requirement”, are expected to be fitted onto the IN’s Delhi-class destroyers and the locally designed Shivalik-class frigates.
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