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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Modi’s France visit gives wings to IAF dream project

Airbus A330 AWACSPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France next week will herald a new chapter for the Indian Air Force, as its dream project of having 360 degree ‘eye in sky’ is likely to take off with both countries finalising a deal for procuring two Airbus-330 aircraft to be used as platforms for AWACS-India programme.

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), in its meeting held last Saturday, has given a go ahead to the proposal of acquiring the aircraft for Rs 5,113 crore and the formal signing of the deal is likely during Mr Modi’s three-nation tour, that will also take him to Germany and Canada.

The DAC has also approved ‘Project Maitry’, under which, India and France will be working on development of Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SR-SAM) for the Indian Navy.

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