Astra, Pinaka and LRLACM: India’s indigenous missiles to add firepower to Army, IAF, Navy

Amid the border tension with China, India on Thursday approved the proposal for procurement of 21 MIG-29 along with upgradation of existing 59 Mig-29 aircraft from Russia and procurement of 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft from state-run aerospace from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), with focus on indigenous design and development.

An official Defence Acquisition Council (DCA) statement stated that the approval was given to add firepower to the Indian Army, Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy for the defence of nation’s borders and in line with Prime Minister’s clarion call for ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’.

The proposals for an approximate cost of Rs 38,900 crore were approved including acquisitions from Indian Industry of Rs 31,130 crore. The statement also said that all equipment is to be manufactured in India involving the defence industry with the participation of several MSMEs as prime-tier vendors.

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