Indian Army zeroes in on Russian Igla-S missile

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After a series of delays, Russia has been declared the lowest bidder in the Army’s multi-billion dollar deal for man portable air defence systems (MANPADS).


  • The Igla-S bid from Rosoboronexport of Russia has been declared the L1 in the Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) deal.
  • IGLA-S (SA-24) is the latest model of Russian MANPADS technology offered to the Indian Army.
  • It offers superior performance over the earlier supplied SA-18 missiles to India which is in use since 1980s.
  • Igla-S system is designed for use against visible targets as tactical aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicle, cruise missile, head-on or receding, in the presence of natural (background) clutter and counter measures.
  • As per requirements, the system should have a maximum range of 6km, altitude of 3km along with all-weather capability and will replace the existing Igla in service which is in urgent need of replacement.
  • The other concern is the US sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) law.
  • This act restricts defence purchases from Russia, Iran and North Korea.
  • The US is yet to grant India a waiver for the $5.43 bn S-400 air defence deal with Russia signed in early October.

Indian Army zeroes in on Russian Igla-S missile Indian Army zeroes in on Russian Igla-S missile Reviewed by The Hindu Current Affairs on November 21, 2018 Rating: 5

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