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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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In a significant boost to its offensive capabilities, the Indian Navy has received the green light from the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) to procure the Medium Range Anti-Ship Missile (MRAShM). The DAC, chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, granted Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for the procurement of these advanced missiles on November 30, 2023.

The MRAShM is an indigenously developed lightweight Surface-to-Surface Missile that will serve as a primary offensive weapon onboard Indian Naval Ships. It is designed to strike a wide range of targets, including warships, merchant vessels, and coastal fortifications.

The MRAShM will be equipped on 24 current and future warships, including three Delhi-class destroyers, four Kora-class missile corvettes, and six new Next Generation Missile Vessels (NGMV) that will enter service in the next decade. The missiles are intended to replace the legacy Zvezda Kh-35 Uran anti-ship missile systems currently fitted on these vessels.

The induction of the MRAShM into the Indian Navy’s arsenal will significantly enhance its offensive capabilities, providing a formidable deterrent against potential adversaries. The missile’s enhanced range, precision, and anti-ship warfare capabilities will strengthen the Indian Navy’s ability to safeguard its territorial waters and protect its maritime interests.

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