Defence Acquisition Council Approves Indian Army’s Request to Procure 5,000 Milan 2T Missiles, Also Gives Nod to Rs 4,000 Crore Project to Construct 6 Submarines

The Defence Acquisition Council on Thursday approved the procurement of 5,000 French-made Milan 2T missiles. The meeting was headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Three services chief were also present in the meeting. the Indian Army had requested to procure second-generation missiles, Milan 2T missiles as India till now have not approved Israeli made anti-tank missile ‘Spike’ and Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Nag missile is still under trials. Indian Army Seeking 5,000 Anti-Tank Guided Missiles ‘MILAN 2T’ to Fulfil Immediate Shortage; DAC To Take Decision on January 31.

Milan 2T is an advanced variant of MILAN missiles which India used in the Kargil War of 1999 to destroy the bunkers built by Pakistani soldiers in the mountains. MILAN is a wire-guided missile. The purchase of MILAN 2T missiles will also fulfil the immediate need of anti-tank missiles and these missiles could also serve for another decade. It has a range of over 2 kilometres. Currently, the Indian Army has a requirement of 70,000 anti-tank guided missiles and 850 launchers. India tests NAG 190, $500 Million Spike Missile deal in jeopardy.

Apart from the Milan 2T Missiles, The DAC also approved the project to construct six submarines. The total cost of the project will be Rs 40,000 crores. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Indian government signed a contract with Goa Shipyard Ltd, Goa to-date for the construction of two naval frigates. The contract was part of an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between the Government of Republic of India and Government of Russian Federation which was concluded on 15 October 2016. As part of the IGA, India signed a deal with Russia in October to directly purchase two project 1135.6 class frigates, while another deal was signed to build two other frigates at Goa Shipyard Ltd.

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Indian Army Seeking 5,000 Anti-Tank Guided Missiles ‘MILAN 2T’ to Fulfil Immediate Shortage; DAC To Take Decision on January 31

As India demanded new tests for Israeli made anti-tank missile ‘Spike’, the Indian Army has requested to procure second-generation missiles, Milan 2T. Moreover, the army has been forced to request for these French missiles, as Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Nag missile is still under trials. The Milan 2T is an advanced version of MILAN missiles which were first produced in 1972. Army Day 2019: General Bipin Rawat Addresses Nation of The Eve of 71 Raising Day of Indian Army, Says ‘Armed Forces Are Capable Repulsing Foreign Aggression’.

MILAN 2T was developed in 1993 to counter ‘reactive armour’. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and including the three service chiefs will look at the request to procure 5,000 MILAN 2T missiles on January 31. The process to purchase these missiles will be simpler as Trials would not be necessary as it is a repeat order. India tests NAG 190, $500 Million Spike Missile deal in jeopardy.

India used MILAN missiles in the Kargil War of 1999 to destroy the bunkers built by Pakistani soldiers in the mountains. MILAN is a wire-guided missile. The purchase of MILAN 2T missiles will also fulfil the immediate need of anti-tank missiles and these missiles could also serve for another decade. It has a range of over 2 kilometres. India taking a step forward in terms missile technology, Test fires BrahMos.

As per some reports, if the DAC approves the request, then these missiles will be license-produced by the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) in partnership with a French firm. Currently, the Indian Army has a requirement of 70,000 anti-tank guided missiles and 850 launchers.

Naval Exercise ‘MILAN – 2018’ Begins

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The much awaited naval exercise ‘Milan – 2018’ hosted by the Indian Navy begins in Port Blair on Tuesday. In this week long naval exercise 38 contingents from 16 navies will display their skills. The theme of ‘Milan- 2018’ is ‘In Pursuit of Maritime Good Order – Need for Comprehensive Information Sharing Apparatus’, so the main focus will be to create a cordial environment in the region to  check unlawful activities and to strengthen the ties

For the first time Oman is taking part in this exercise.  The main aim of this exercise is to enhance regional cooperation and to check unlawful activities.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will visit Port Blair for this international event.

‘Milan – 2018’ – Indian Navy’s strategic move to counter China

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India is going to host navies from at least 16 countries across the world for eight-day mega naval exercise, ‘Milan’ starting from March 6 to March 13. Biennial exercise Milan is going to be hosted by the Indian Navy at Port Blair. The main aim of this exercise is to expand regional cooperation. India has a long history for its contribution with respect to Indian Ocean and maritime domain. India’s involvement in wider multilateral groupings such as the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and the Indian Ocean Naval symposium (IONS) and carrying out series of exercises with other countries puts the case in point.

 

The first edition of ‘Milan exercise was held in 1995, with just four countries participated in the exercise. Till now it has only been held nine times.

The ‘Milan’ is to be held by Andamn and Nicobar Command, this area is positioned at the entrance of Malaca Starits. This is a strategic move which clearly shows India’s intentions to build strong ties with South-East Asian countries. ‘Milan’ will improve India’s interoperability and relations with the participant countries such as Indonesia and Singapore.

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Smaller countries like Myanmar will be benefited by this exercise as it will give an opportunity to such countries to interact with significant strategic players of the world other than super powers.

‘Milan – 2018’ can be seen as New Delhi’s strategy to counter China’s operations in the South China sea. In the latest development Maldives has rejected India’s invitation to participate in the ‘Milan’. There have been reports that China is looking to establish ‘Joint Ocean Observation Station’ in the Maldives. Earlier in February Chinese warships were seen sailing into the East Indian Ocean. Maldives has signed a Free Trade Agreement with China in December 2017.

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The 16 countries confirmed by the Indian Navy which are participating in ‘Milan – 2018’ are Australia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Vietnam, Thailand, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya and Cambodia.

Exercises like Milan will have India to enhance its stature in maritime realm.