NASAMS II Photo Credit MKFI

India’s capital city, New Delhi, may get a NASAMS-II integrated air defence system to create a new air defence zone to protect high value political and administrative facilities.

On 7th February 2020, the US government notified its Congress of the impending sale of an integrated air defence weapon system (IADWS) to New Delhi for USD 1.86 billion known as the NASAMS II.

The sale is to include, according to the Defence Security Cooperation Agency,  five (5) AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems; one hundred eighteen (118) AMRAAM AIM120C-7/C-8 missiles; three (3) AMRAAM Guidance Sections; four (4) AMRAAM Control Sections; and one hundred thirty-four (134) Stinger FIM-92L missiles. Also included are thirty-two (32) M4A1 rifles; forty thousand three hundred twenty (40,320) M855 5.56mm cartridges; Fire Distribution Centers (FDC); Handheld Remote Terminals; Electrical Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Sensor Systems; AMRAAM NonDevelopmental Item-Airborne Instrumentation Units (NDI-AIU); Multi-spectral Targeting System-Model A (MTS-A); Canister Launchers (CN); High Mobility Launchers (HML); Dual Mount Stinger (DMS) Air Defense Systems; Vehicle Mounted Stinger Rapid Ranger Air Defense Systems; communications equipment; tool kits; test equipment; range and test programs; support equipment; prime movers; generators; technical documentation; computer based training equipment; training equipment; training towers; ammunition storage; training and maintenance facilities; infrastructure improvements; U.S. Government and contractor technical support, engineering and logistics support services; warranty services; Systems and Integration Checkout (SICO); field office support; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

India’s air defences, previously based around 30 squadrons of Pechora (SA-3) SAMs and eight squadrons of OSA-AKM (SA-8b) SAMs, are being enhanced through the upgrade of 16 of the Pechora squadrons and the OSA-AKM systems as well as the induction of four squadrons of SPYDER SAMs, nine squadrons of the India-Israel MRSAM, five squadrons of S-400 SAMs and fifteen squadrons of Akash SAMs, eight of which have been delivered.

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