India to Acquire NASAMS-II Air Defense System

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Indian press reported on July 29 that the country is in negotiations with the United States to add the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II) to its layered air defenses. NASAMS-II is a mid-range air defense system designed to counter threats from aircraft, UAV, and cruise missiles. The system is equipped with 3D surveillance Sentinel radars, fire distribution centers, and command-and-control units. The move to acquire additional mid-range capabilities comes with broader improvements to India’s “Delhi Area Air Defence Plan” to optimize the capital’s air defense capabilities and protocols. The Ministry of Defense is also negotiating to purchase Russia’s S-400 system, and its Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is nearing completion of an indigenously produced ballistic missile defense (BMD) system.