Sources report that the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Secretary of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman, approved the "Acceptance of necessity (AoN)" for the acquisition of the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System II (NASAMS-II) has about $ 1 billion from the US.
At the same time, as part of the whole air defense plan of the Delhi area, work is underway to realign the "VIP-89 area" via New Delhi, which includes Rashtrapati Bhawan, the parliament, north and south bloc According to sources, airplanes that could have been abducted or seized as "missiles against strategic targets" were shot down.
NASAMS, armed with three-dimensional Sentinel radars, short- and medium-range missiles, launchers, fire distribution centers and command and control units to quickly detect, track and launch threats, is part of the air defense network Washington protects. It is also used in several NATO countries. In addition to the national capital region, Israeli cities and Moscow also have their own missile defense systems.
India's move to acquire NASAMS comes as DRDO is in the final stages of development of its two-stage Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, which aims to track and destroy nuclear missiles both within (endo) and outboard (exo). the atmosphere of the earth.
"Once Phase 1 of the BMD system is in operation, it will be used to protect cities such as Delhi and Mumbai from long-range missiles with a range of 2,000 km." NASAMS is focused on intercepting cruise missiles, aircraft and Drones, "said a source.
However, the Ministry of Defense has maintained the procurement of 24 MH-60 "Romeo" helicopters worth US $ 2 billion, along with related weapons, parts and training packages from the US to the first "two-plus-two" dialogue between the two countries here on 6 September.
India wants to assess "the US response" on a variety of topics, including its sanction criminal regime under the CAATSA law, which is designed to discourage countries from buying Russian weapons or Iranian oil before they send AoN to the helicopter project also.
"The AoN for the helicopters used to detect, track and hunt enemy submarines has been postponed until September, and was not used in the DAC after the US abruptly aborted the two-plus-two dialogue had planned (between Sitharaman and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj with their American counterparts, Jim Mattis and Mike Pompeo) for July, "said a source. Indian sources later explained that this was due to the impending US engagement with North Korea.
The US is moving to renounce CAATSA India, but it's not set in stone yet. India plans to get the Rs 39,000 Crore deal for five top-tier S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia this year, without the threat of US financial sanctions, as TOI has reported.
India has provided both the proposed procurement projects, NASAMS and naval helicopters, for government-to-government contracts through the US Military Sales Program (FMS).
The FMS route is said to be "faster and cleaner" than the cumbersome global bidding process, where the AoN is negotiated followed by "letters of formal notice and acceptance statements" before the final contract is signed. Of course, the US is eager to do more business, having made $ 15 billion in military sales to India since 2007.
The Indian Navy, in turn, is desperately looking for multi-purpose helicopters armed with radars and sonars and rockets, torpedoes and depth charges because they are practically non-operational. The 140-warship troop has only about a dozen old Sea King and 10 Kamov-28 submarine attack helicopters.
Admiral Sunil Lanba said in a speech on Friday: "The Navy sees critical capability gaps in minesweepers, integrated multipurpose and utility helicopters, and conventional submarines." As part of the long-term "make in India" projects, the Navy wants to buy 123 multi-purpose helicopters and 111 light commercial vehicle helicopters.