The United States has agreed to sell two of its advanced missile to India for Air India one.
The US approved the purchase of the two systems known as Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCAM)and Self-Protection Suites (SPS) at cost of USD 190 million, to enhance the security of planes flying the Prime Minister and the President.
The purpose of the LAIRCM programme is to protect large aircraft from man-portable missiles. These defense systems would be installed at two Boeing 777 Head-of- State aircraft which carries President and Prime Minister.
To purchase these two missiles, in the interim budget Rs.1084 crores have allotted and these missiles are to be in India in the year-end.
1. LAIRCM protect large aircraft from man-portable missiles.
2. LAIRCAM system increases crew-warning time, decreases false alarm rates and automatically counters advanced intermediate range missile systems.
3. The missile warning subsystem will use multiple sensors to provide full spatial coverage and the counter-measures subsystem will use lasers mounted in pointer-tracker turret assemblies.
4. The countermeasure systems will also automatically counters advanced intermediate range missile systems with no action required by the crew.
SPS will facilitate a more robust capability into areas of increased missile threats.