Russia and India sign $1 billion deal for Igla air-defense system, enhancing India’s air defense capabilities.

Russia and India sign $1 billion deal for Igla air-defense system, enhancing India's air defense capabilities.
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Russia and India have signed a contract on the supplies and production of the Igla handheld air-defense system, according to a Russian official quoted by TASS news agency. The deal is worth over $1 billion and is expected to boost India’s air defense capabilities.

The Igla is a short-range, infrared homing surface-to-air missile system that is effective against a variety of targets, including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and drones. It is one of the most widely used air defense systems in the world, with over 10,000 units in service in over 30 countries.

The contract between Russia and India includes the supply of Igla missiles and launchers, as well as the transfer of technology for the production of the system in India. This will give India the ability to produce its own Igla missiles, which will help to reduce its reliance on imports and make its air defense system more self-sufficient.

The deal is also a sign of the growing defense ties between Russia and India. The two countries have a long history of military cooperation, and they have been working closely together in recent years to develop new defense technologies and systems.

The signing of the contract on the Igla handheld air-defense system is a positive development for both Russia and India. It will help to strengthen their defense ties and boost India’s air defense capabilities.

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