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Indian Army zeroes in on Russian Igla-S missile


Mains Paper 3: Internal Security | Challenges to internal security

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Details of Igla-S MANPADS

Mains level: VSHORAD Program of Indian Army


  • After a series of delays, Russia has been declared the lowest bidder in the Army’s multi-billion dollar deal for man portable air defence systems (MANPADS).
  • It will soon be supplying $ 1.3 bn very short range air defense or VSHORAD program missile system to the Indian Army.


  1. IGLA-S (SA-24) is the latest model of Russian MANPADS technology offered to the Indian Army.
  2. It offers superior performance over the earlier supplied SA-18 missiles to India which is in use since 1980s.
  3. Igla-S system is designed for use against visible targets as tactical aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicle, cruise missile, head-on or receding, in the presence of natural (background) clutter and counter measures.
  4. As per requirements, the system should have a maximum range of 6km, altitude of 3km along with all-weather capability and will replace the existing Igla in service which is in urgent need of replacement.

Key Concerns

  1. The other concern is the US sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) law.
  2. This act restricts defence purchases from Russia, Iran and North Korea.
  3. The US is yet to grant India a waiver for the $5.43 bn S-400 air defence deal with Russia signed in early October.
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