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Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL), riding high on the recent sale of the Akash Air Defence System to Armenia, is now in advanced talks with another undisclosed country for its acquisition, according to sources familiar with the program. This potential deal, following closely on the heels of the Armenian contract, marks a significant surge in India’s defence exports and cements the Akash system’s position as a sought-after technology in the global arms market.

While the exact identity of the interested nation remains under wraps, reports suggest Oman has expressed keen interest in acquiring the Akash system. Initial rounds of discussions have already concluded, paving the way for deeper negotiations. Both India and Oman are reportedly eager to finalize the deal, with BDL aiming to secure a firm contract by 2024.

The Akash system, developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), is a medium-range surface-to-air missile system capable of neutralizing aerial threats like fighter jets, cruise missiles, and air-to-surface missiles. Its impressive range of 25 kilometres and altitude of 18 kilometres, coupled with its multi-target tracking and destruction capabilities, make it a potent weapon in modern air defence arsenals.

The potential sale to Oman, following the Armenian contract, signifies a turning point for India’s defence export aspirations. It showcases the growing international recognition of Indian-made defence technologies and their competitiveness in the global market. This export boom not only generates valuable revenue for BDL but also positions India as a reliable supplier of advanced defence equipment, paving the way for further export opportunities in the future.

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