In a possible scenario of an India-Pakistan War, Delhi is steadily working to secure its skies. India is accelerating on the plan to secure its airspace in all of its key cities, including Delhi and Mumbai and has signed multi-billion defence deals with US, Russia and Israel to makes its skyline invincible.
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The Military sources stated that the Modi government is securing various security systems, including missiles, launchers and command-and-control units from the US, Russia and Israel, besides installing indigenously developed missiles as part of the project.
Sources said that in the last decade, Beijing has levelled up its air power and has armed its forces with security systems on par with its rivals. A senior military official stated, “The national capital and other key cities are being shielded considering the growing security scenario. Obtaining missile systems, and weaponry is part of the initiative”.
Washington has already accepted the sale of 22 Sea Guardian to New Delhi at a cost of USD 2 billion and the talks to acquire missiles, and drones are still in the process. India is the first country to whom the US is selling 22 Sea Guardian drones, outside the NATO.
By 2020, India is also acquiring the S-400 Triumph Air Defence System from Russia at a cost of $5.4 billion to boost its defence with the aim of making the country impregnable.
India is on the way to inaugurate the first batch of its Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System — Agni V — which is likely to strengthen India’s 2nd strike capability in leaps and bounds against China. With a strike range of 5,000 km, the missile can deliver a nuclear warhead to every city in China.
In 2017, India was successful in testing an air-launched variant of the Brahmos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile, from a Sukhoi-30 combat jet. The Defence Ministry is now advancing the process to combine the deadly Brahmos with 40 Su-30 MKI Fighter Jets to boost the Indian defensive and offensive capabilities.