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After Russia and Israel, India to develop missiles with France

Discussion in 'Indian Military Doctrine' started by jagjitnatt, Jun 4, 2010.

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  1. jagjitnatt

    jagjitnatt Major ELITE MEMBER

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    After moving ahead with similar projects with Russia and Israel, India is set to finalise a missile co-development project with France to manufacture a new range of Short Range Surface to Air Missiles (SRSAM) for the armed forces. The joint project, which will involve the DRDO and French missile manufacturer MBDA, is likely to be finalised within the next few months.

    While India and France initiated the project in 2007 — it is mentioned in the joint statement on defence cooperation between the countries — the project has taken more than three years to finalise. Sources say that the final terms of the agreement are in the process of being finalised. The next generation air defence missile, which will be inducted by the Army, Navy and Air Force, could also be made available for export.

    The joint development is likely to take the course of the Indo-Russian Brahmos supersonic cruise missile project that has already borne fruit for the DRDO. India has also recently signed a deal with Israel to co develop a long range surface to air missile to protect its warships and vital assets on the ground.

    The Indo-French missile, which has tentatively been named ‘Maitri’, will replace the ageing arsenal of Russian missiles that are currently being used by the armed forces to protect airfield and other vital installations. Sources said that the project could be signed as early as August this year to kick start the manufacturing of the missile.

    Over the past three years, MBDA and DRDO have finalised the design and performance parameters of the missile to suit the needs of the armed forces. Besides providing the armed forces with a modern air defence missiles, the project will also add a new capability with France that presently does not have a similar missile in production.

    India and France are also close to signing an estimated $ 2.2 bn deal to modernise the fleet of Mirage 2000 fighters.

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/a...ndia-to-develop-missiles-with-france/629252/0
     
  2. Desi Jatt

    Desi Jatt Captain ELITE MEMBER

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    good news...but I think we already have some good SR-SAMs and projects...dont you think its time now to focus more on some LR-SAMs like the one with israel,considering our war assets are growing rapidly which needs better protection ??
     
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    jagjitnatt Major ELITE MEMBER

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    Well practically, more QR SRSAMs are better than less LR SAMs.

    SRSAMs are more successful at hitting their target, they are more maneuverable and are less expensive than a LRSAM.

    LRSAM have to go a long distance, so they carry a lot of fuel, that adds to the weight, the shape is aerodynamic and drag is reduced, that affects the maneuverability. Not to forget, they are uber expensive.

    LR SAMs are more effective in countries like Russia which are huge in size but have a small force. SR SAMs can not be deployed there since most of the country is uninhabited.

    In case of India, LR SAMs won't play a crucial role.
    The only advantage of LR SAMs is that in case of war, one can shoot down the enemy aircraft in enemy territory. For that, we have the S-300.

    We might also go for S-400 once its available for exports.
     
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    Desi Jatt Captain ELITE MEMBER

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    ^^^agreed,but it would be more effective in the western border,but what about China,where the border terrain is not so suitable and the enemy is many times stronger....dont you thing LR-SAMs would be helpful there ??
     
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    jha 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Isn't MAITRI a shelved project..This is being revived or, yet another example of world famous indian journalism...
     
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    For mountaneous terrain, I think SR SAMs would be a better option. If I had an option, I would have installed QR SAMs in mountain valleys but cutting the mountain and integrating SAM within the mountain itself. A hundred units connected to a powerful radar.

    That would be something.

    LR SAMs would be useful if I had to hunt something down a 100 km away from me. But that would kill any surprise or stealth. This is the problem. There is no surprise element with LR SAMs. they can be shot down and most of the times, they can be evaded because the pilot would know about the missile too early.
     
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    Desi Jatt Captain ELITE MEMBER

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    some smart ideas you've got !!:clap2:

    what I mean here is ..about trying to restrict Chinese planes and missiles well within their own border,with the help of the LR SAMs since they pose a bigger threat of advancement towards us.....
     
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    jagjitnatt Major ELITE MEMBER

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    That is their only purpose. Unfortunately their success rate would be low.
     
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    prototype Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    no i think the thrust should b given on development of LR-SAM since we have already developed or developing SR and MR SAM

    and india should also work on the extented range of AAD
     
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