India to scrap QR-SAM surface-to-air missile contract ? Big setback for Make in India scheme in the offing

The ministry of defence (MoD) is planning to scrap a contract for buying surface-to-air missile contract (QR-SAM) for the Indian Army to replace its Soviet-vintage OSA-AK (SA-8) and SA-6 units. Such a move is expected to come as a blow to the Make in India initiative as the chosen company was expected to make major parts of the system in India.

The army had conducted field trials in 2014-15 of the missile systems from Rosoboronexport, the sole state agency for Russia’s exports/imports of defence-related products, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel and Swedish SAAB.

Highly-placed sources told FE that “there was a difference of opinion over the compliance of the systems tested as there was a very minor difference and the Israeli Spyder QR-SAMs reportedly come out to as clear winner.” Read More…

Credit By : Financial Express

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