TNPSC Current affairs April 2017
Defence ministry given approval to buy Barak Missiles.
Indian Government has given its nod to purchase the new batch of Barak Surface-to-air missiles (SAM) for the navy from Israel to enhance India’s Maritime capability.
The meeting of Defence Acquisition Council of the Defence Ministry chaired by Defence minister Arun Jaitley approved the purchase of Barak missiles which includes other proposals estimated at Rs 860 crore.
- Barak short range Surface-to air-missile is currently installed in most of the warships includes INS Vikramaditya which is built by Israel.
- The life time of the current installed Barak SAM which has completed its life time, so there was an urgent requirement to replace the older Barak SAM missiles with the new Barak SAM missiles.
- The other proposals include procurement of expandable Bathy Thermograph systems to detect temperature changed under water and also the equipment to counter mines in the sea.
Surface to Air missile(SAM) is a missile designed to launch from the ground to destroy enemy’s aircraft or other missiles in Air. It is also called as Ground-to-air-missile