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Indian MoD approves procurement of coastal batteries armed with BrahMos missiles

12 August 2019
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India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of locally developed Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries fitted with the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of locally developed Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries (NGMMCBs) and software-defined radios (SDRs) for the Indian Navy (IN).

The MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, announced on 8 August that an undisclosed number of NGMMCBs fitted with the BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile, would be deployed along India's coastline, but did not elaborate on the precise location.

However, IN sources told Jane's on 12 August that two NGMMCBs worth an estimated total of INR10 billion (USD140.37 million) would be based at INS Trata, the navy's missile battery base in Mumbai responsible for defending a large swathe of India's western coast.

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