The Indian Army (IA) is also set to acquire six more Indigenous Swathi Weapon-Locating Radar (WLR). The decision to acquire the Swathi WLR comes at the time of increased border tensions with China.
According to sources, the case for acquisition of six Swathi WLR worth over ₹ 400 crores is scheduled to be taken up in a defence ministry meeting today. The WLR is developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and built by Bharat Electronics Limited.
The purchases of the Swathi WLR will also provide a boost to the Make in India mission of the Indian government. Recently, the Indian government imposed an import embargo on 101 defence equipment in a bid to reduce India’s reliance on foreign military equipment and at the same time boost research and development of indigenous military equipment.
The Indian Army has been using the radars for its operations along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. The system was given for trial to Army in 2018.