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Adani Defence Systems and Technologies Limited (ADSTL) has commenced assembly of the Igla-S Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) systems in India. This development marks a significant step towards self-reliance in the country’s air defense capabilities.

The Igla-S assembly is being undertaken following a technology transfer (ToT) agreement between ADSTL and Rosoboronexport, a Russian state corporation. This ToT enables India to not only procure the advanced air defence system but also establish domestic production capabilities.

The Indian Army contracted ADSTL to assemble 48 Igla-S launchers, 100 missiles, night sights, and a testing station, with a total value of ?260 crore. Deliveries are expected to commence by the end of May 2024.

This project complements an earlier import of Igla-S systems directly from Russia. In April 2024, the Army received the first batch of 120 launchers and 400 missiles as part of a larger procurement deal.

The Igla-S systems significantly enhance the Indian Army’s VSHORAD capabilities, particularly in the strategically crucial high-altitude terrains along the northern borders. These Man-Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS) are designed to neutralize low-flying aerial threats like helicopters, drones, and aircraft at close range.

The Igla-S replaces the older Igla-1M systems, providing a technological leap forward for the Indian Army. Furthermore, this acquisition aligns with India’s plans for developing its own indigenous VSHORAD systems in the future.

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