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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

India, France to jointly develop 'Maitri' Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SR-SAM)

VL MICA SAMThe indigenous surface-to-air missile Akash failing to inspire enough confidence for deployment on Indian Navy ships, the government has asked the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to engage with the French firm MBDA missile systems for development of short-range surface-to-air missile system (SRSAM).

"DRDO will engage for development of nine SRSAMs which have 40 missiles each," a Navy source said.

This comes as a result of the decision taken to revive the $5 billion SRSAM programme 'Maitri' at the latest defence acquisition council (DAC) meeting of the ministry of defence (MoD) held on Saturday, March 28.

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