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Last weekend’s massive Iranian missile and drone attack on Israel served as a real-world test of air defense capabilities. While Israel claims it successfully intercepted 99% of the incoming projectiles with its Iron Dome system, the event sparked discussions within India’s military about its own air defense readiness.

Indian military experts acknowledge the effectiveness of Israel’s Iron Dome, which has a range of approximately 70 kilometers. However, India is heavily invested in developing its own robust and indigenous air defense network.

Akash-NG a indigenously developed surface-to-air missile system boasts a range of 70 km, offering protection against aircraft, helicopters, and guided bombs. Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) which is a a joint collaboration between India and Israel, the MRSAM offers similar capabilities to the Akash within a 70 km range, with variants for all three branches of the Indian military.

S-400 Triumf that India has acquired this highly regarded Russian air defense system known for its advanced capabilities against various aerial threats.

India’s focus on self-sufficiency extends to its air defense ambitions. The Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Project Kusha aims to equip the air force with a long-range system by 2028-29. Project Kusha promises to be a game-changer, offering a 350 km range and the ability to neutralize threats like cruise missiles, stealth aircraft, and drones.

The recent events in Israel highlight the importance of robust air defense systems. India’s existing capabilities and ongoing development projects like Project Kusha demonstrate its commitment to building a self-reliant and effective air defense network.