BrahMos Missile For Stealth Frigates

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approves 3000 Crores worth procurement deals.

About:
• The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurements worth Rs. 3000 crore which include
BrahMos cruise missiles for the two stealth frigates to be procured directly from Russia.
Armoured recovery vehicles for the Army’s Arjun tanks. The ARVs ensure efficient and speedy repair and recovery of tanks during combat.
• The DAC approval follows the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) decision in October 2018 to procure four stealth frigates using Russian Technology.

The BrahMos Missile: Supersonic Cruise Missile
• After India became a member of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), India- Russia are currently developing 600 km range BrahMos Missiles.
Earlier non-members of MTCR had a range limitation of 300 km (Thus earlier BrahMos versions had 290 km range)

Background:

• In October 2016, India and Russia signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for four Krivak or Talwar stealth frigates – two to be procured directly from Russia and two to be built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL).
• The basic structures of two direct Russian frigates are already ready at Yantar shipyard in Russia and they will now be equipped with the BrahMos missiles.
• Also, apart from these frigates, BrahMos, has already been inducted on all frontline warships of the Indian Navy.

Arjun Mark-2 Tank: India’s Main Battle Tank by DRDO
• The Arjun Mk.2 is an improved version of the original Arjun main battle tank.
• It has improved protection, firepower and mobility over its predecessor.
• It was developed in cooperation with Israeli defence companies.
• Original Arjun Mk.1 entered service with the Indian Army in 2004.
However the original MBT failed to impress the Army and improvements were required in order to make it combat-worthy.
• It will replace the ageing Cold War era T-55 and T-72M tanks in service with the Indian Army.