India's Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved an INR61.50 billion (USD867.5 million) weapon and sensor package for four 7,300-tonne guided-missile destroyers that are currently being built for the Indian Navy (IN) by the state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.
Official sources told Jane's that the CCS cleared the procurement of the anti-ship variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in late December 2019, along with the long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) version of the Barak-8 air-defence system for fitment onto the future Visakhapatnam (Project15B)-class destroyers to engage coastal, sea-based, and aerial targets.
IN sources said the four destroyers will be armed with an extended range variant of the BrahMos anti-ship missile, the range of which will exceed 292 km.
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