Cabinet Approves Export Of Akash Missile System

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the export of the indigenously developed and manufactured Akash short-range Surface to Air Missile (SAM) system.

The Cabinet has also approved the setting up of a committee for faster approvals.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter and said “Under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat, India is growing in its capabilities of manufacturing wide variety of Defence platforms and missiles. Akash is country’s important missile with over 96 percent indigenisation.”

“The Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved the export of Akash missile system and a Committee for faster approvals has been created,” Defence Minister tweeted.

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Akash is a Surface to Air Missile with a range of 25 Kms. The missile was inducted in 2014 in IAF and in 2015 in Indian Army.

The Cabinet approval will facilitate Indian manufactures to participate in RFI/RFP issued by various countries.

So far, Indian defence exports included parts/components etc. The export of big platforms was minimal. This initiative of the Cabinet would help the country to improve its defence products and make them globally competitive.

The export version of Akash will be different from System currently deployed with Indian Armed Forces.

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