The Indian Army has selected Russian IGLA-S System for its multibillion-dollar contract for man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS).  The deal is expected to be finalized in the Indian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation meeting which will take place in Moscow in December 2018. 

Highlights

  • Rosoboronexport bade around $ 1.47 billion for Igla-S System which emerged to be the lowest for the Indian Army’s Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) deal.  
  • The other two bidders were MBDA of France and SAAB of Sweden which also participated in the auction.  While MBDA of France bade $2.6 billion for Indian Army’s Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD)  deal, the SAAB offered a bid of $2.6 billion for the same. 
  • US financial sanctions Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) restricts the purchase of arms from Russia, Iran, and North Korea.  
  • Under CAATSA, US is yet to approve  $5.43 billion S-400 surface-to-air missiles defense system and warship deal which was signed between  India and Russia in October 2018.  
  • After the violations under CAATSA,  US imposed sanctions on China for the purchase of Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missiles defense system from Russia. 
  • IGLA-S (SA-24) is the latest model of Russian Man-portable air-defense system technology (MANPADS). It will offer superior performance over earlier supplied SA-18 missiles to India. 
  • It can target visible aerial tactical aircraft, helicopters, uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAVs), cruise missile, and head-on at a short or receding, range. 

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