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.
- 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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