Nine friendly countries have shown interest in DRDO developed Akash missile, Govt Sources

Nine friendly foreign countries from Southeast Asia and Africa have shown interest in the acquisition of the DRDO-developed Akash air defence missile system, govt sources said on Wednesday. It comes hours after Union Cabinet approved the export of the missile system to friendly nations.

By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Dec 30, 2020 17:32 IST
Nine friendly countries have shown interest in DRDO developed Akash missile, Govt Sources
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According to the Government Sources as many as nine friendly foreign countries from Southeast Asia and Africa have shown interest in the acquisition of the DRDO-developed Akash air defence missile system. The Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday approved the export of Akash Missile System to world markets.

Talking about the development Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, "Under the AtmaNirbharBharat, India is growing in its capabilities of manufacturing wide variety of Defence platforms & missiles. The Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi ji today approved the export of Akash Missile System and a Committee for faster Approvals has been created".

Although sources have not named the countries that shown interest in the Akash missile system but, it is expected that list shall likely include Indonesia and Vietnam among Southeast countries.

"Akash is country’s important missile with over 96 percent indigenisation. Akash is a DRDO developed surface to air missile with a range of 25 Kms. The export version of Akash will be different from system currently deployed by the Indian Armed Forces", a report published in TimesNow said.

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After the clearance by the Union Cabinet today, a public sector unit under Defence Ministry will explore the opportunities of exporting the weapon system to nine countries, sources add.

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