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IADWS system


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The U.S. Department of State has approved the potential sale of a $1.867 billion Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) to India.

Key data’s:

  • India has requested the $1.867 billion (INR 13,500 Crore) IADWS system “to modernize its armed forces, and to expand its existing air defense architecture to counter threats posed by air attack.
  • The potential sale, which is being processed via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route, is now before the U.S. Congress for consideration, with a 30-day window for Congress to raise any objections to the sale.
  • The government had asked to buy an IADWS comprised of:
    • Five AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems
    • 118 AMRAAM AIM-120C-7/C-8 missiles
    • Three AMRAAM Guidance Sections
    • Four AMRAAM Control Sections
    • 134 Stinger FIM-92L missiles
  • Also included are 32 M4A1 rifles; 40,320 M855 5.56mm cartridges; Fire Distribution Centres (FDC); Handheld Remote Terminals; Electrical Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Sensor Systems; AMRAAM Non-Developmental 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 Defence Systems; Vehicle Mounted Stinger Rapid Ranger Air Defence Systems.

Integrated Air Defence Weapon System:

  • The Integrated Air Defence Weapon System, also known as the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS), provides integrated air missile defence and is currently deployed around Washington, DC.
  • The IADWS system includes radar, launchers, targeting, and guidance systems, advanced medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) and Stinger missiles, and related equipment and support.

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