SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, DRDO is now pushing for 100% indigenous content in Long-Range Land Attack Cruise Missile (LRLACM) program amid concerns that minor imported components for the missile can hit missile production amid war as seen with Russian Cruise missiles and learning from this experience it was decided to go full throttle on indigenisation of all future missile programs and in phases increase indigenous content in existing ones.
Long-Range Land Attack Cruise Missile (LRLACM) a 1500km sub-sonic cruise missile will have not only all major systems of Indian origin but also minor components to have a complete ecosystem in the country when it goes into production.
Nirbhay sub-sonic cruise Missile which is the predecessor of the LRLCAM program had a Russian NPO Saturn 36MT turbofan engine and various other imported sub-systems but LRLCAM was planned to have 90-95% indigenous content when it enter production from an initial 80-85% when it begins developmental flight trials but now it has been decided to go for 100% indigenous content since LRLCAM will be mass produced due to cheaper estimated cost of around 12-14 Crores compared to BrahMos that has estimated cost of around 35 crores.
LRLCAM and BrahMos will be the main offensive arsenal in the upcoming Rocket/Missile force along with Pralay surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile (SRBM).
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