According to an official source, the Russian Igla-S system is expected to replace the IGLA M systems of Russia that is being used since the 1980s.
Despite several complaints by the competitors, Russia’s Rosoboronexport has come out victorious and will soon be supplying $ 1.3 bn very short range air defense or VSHORAD program missile system to the Indian Army. The Russian Igla-S system is expected to replace the IGLA M systems of Russia that is being used since the 1980s. The deal is expected to be inked when Indian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical cooperation meeting will take place in Moscow in December.
Rosoboronexport of Russia fielded Igla-S, RBS 70 NG by Saab and Mistral by MBDA were down selected after several round of technical evaluations in 2012. Reportedly, two competitors had complained against the Russian agency to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), casting doubts on the evaluations before the commercial bids were opened this year.
After five years of rigorous trials, Igla-S system fielded by Rosoboronexport emerged as the best system for the Indian Army. Officials have confirmed that proper defence procurement guidelines were followed in the selection of the Russian system.
Sources also revealed that the Russian Igla-S was discussed at delegation level talks during the recently concluded India-Russia annual summit, and again when the deal for the S-400 advanced air-defense systems was inked in New Delhi.