India, France to Co-Develop Naval Missile

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  • The Defense Acquisition Council has approved the ‘Maitri’ project for the co-development of a Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SR-SAM) by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) with MBDA of France, Navy officers said
  • The project has been in the works since 2007 to meet the requirements of the Army and the Air Force.
  • The DRDO had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MBDA in 2013, but there has hardly been any progress because the DRDO’s Akash missile system has similar functions.
  • The Army and the Air Force have expressed satisfaction with the capabilities of Akash, but the Navy has made it clear that Akash is not suitable for installation on warships.
  • The Defense Acquisition Council gave approval for the upgrade of 10 Kamov-28 anti-submarine helicopters of the Navy at a cost of €297 million.
  • The helicopters are at the end of their service life.
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