India proposed the United States to procure National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II), an advanced air defence system at $1 billion to defend National Capital Region (NCR) from aerial attacks.
The proposal is in Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) stage now which was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
India’s purchase of NASAMS-II will help in preventing 9/11-type on NCT Delhi. It will also complement India’s medium and long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems under procurement. With this, India will join the league of nations including the US, Russia, and Israel etc. who have their own missile defence systems to protect their national capital regions.
NASAMS-II is an upgraded version of the NASAMS developed by Raytheon in partnership with KONGSBERG Defence and Aerospace of Norway. It has been operational since 2007. It features new 3D mobile surveillance radars and 12 missile launchers for quicker reaction.
NASAMS-II is a highly adaptable mid-range solution for any operational air defence requirement. It provides tailorable, a state-of-the-art defense system that can maximize the ability to quickly identify, engage and destroy current and evolving enemy aircraft, UAV or emerging cruise missile threats.
NASAMS-II is armed with 3D Sentinel radars, short and medium-range missiles, launchers, fire-distribution centers and command-and-control units to quickly detect, track and shoot down multiple airborne threats. It is part of the air defense network guarding US capital city of Washington DC. It is also deployed in several NATO countries.