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In a major boost to India’s air defense and self-reliance, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved a Rs 7,000 crore deal for the procurement of close-in weapon systems from Indian defense giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T). This includes the ambitious “Made in India” Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) project, based on the company’s advanced Sudarshan SHORAD system.

The Sudarshan SHORAD is a state-of-the-art Short-Range Air Defence System (SHORAD) designed and developed by L&T Defence. It boasts:

  • 3D Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar: This provides 360-degree surveillance coverage, enabling early detection and tracking of aerial threats.
  • Sophisticated threat identification: The system can accurately identify and classify incoming drones, helicopters, and low-flying aircraft.
  • Effective engagement: The CIWS is designed to neutralize these threats effectively, protecting critical assets and installations.
  • Multi-Platform System: The Sudarshan SHORAD system comprises three key elements:
    • Tracking Radar and Command & Control Unit: Provides situational awareness and coordinates defense actions.
    • Fire Control Radar: Accurately tracks and targets incoming threats.
    • Firing Unit: Delivers precise firepower to neutralize threats.

Overall, this approval marks a significant step forward for India’s air defense capabilities. The indigenous close-in weapon systems, with their advanced technology and multi-platform approach, will play a vital role in safeguarding the nation’s airspace.