By Dr Anantha Krishnan M
Bengaluru, Feb 16: Home-grown Akash Missile System (AMS) is all set to storm this year’s Aero India with Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) projecting it as the lead product in India’s indigenous march, since Independence.
BEL is showcasing AMS as the perfect case study to refer to while sharing the advantages of a Make in India concept in aerospace and defence. AMS is the first indigenously-built missile defence system in India.
Military sources confirm to OneIndia that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is likely to place additional procurement orders on BEL (49 firing units) in a phased manner. The IAF might immediately procure seven squadrons of AMS (consisting of 14 firing units.) The configuration of the seven new squadrons is likely to be similar to those being deployed currently.
A repeat order from the IAF for six more squadrons of AMS (worth around Rs 3500 crore) came in December 2010 and four squadrons of the same have been already manufactured. All six squadrons will be completed ahead of schedule in 2015.
The Indian Army has already placed an order on Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Hyderabad, for two regiments of Akash Weapon System.
* Already commissioned in IAF arsenal
* Make in India concept’s best example
* Challenges and lessons for BEL
* Many trials on different modes
* DRDO’s role and some names to remember
* Role of private industry
* Different Akash versions
* About AMS
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(Make in India Watch [#MI2Watch] is a series on OneIndia focusing on the aerospace and defence might of India’s private and domestic industries. It will also aim at capturing the voices of leaders spearheading various projects.)