DRDO rolls out Missile Defence System for Mumbai, Delhi; Mid-life refit programme for the Indian Navy’s Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines completed in Russia
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  • According to reports, the two most important metros of India, Delhi and Mumbai, have been chosen for DRDO's Ballistic Missile Defence system that can be put in place at short notice. The detailed proposal is being prepared for final clearance from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). The strategic planning has already begun to install the BMD system in the two cities and the final proposal will be put before the government after detailed analysis of the entire project. To ensure maximum protection against air-borne threats, DRDO will put a mix of counter-attack missiles which will be able to shoot down enemy missiles both within the earth's atmosphere (endo-atmospheric) and outside it (exo-atmospheric). The BMD system will require minimum human intervention due to the complete automation of tracking devices and counter-measures. Human intervention will be required only to abort the mission, the sources said. After successful implementation in Delhi and Mumbai, the system will be used to cover other major cities in the country. The shield, developed by Defence Research and Development Organization, has undergone a series of successful tests. It can destroy an incoming ballistic missile within 2,000 km. 1

    In another development, reports noted that the INS Sindhurakshak submarine came off the slips at the Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk on June 23, 2012, marking the completion of a mid-life refit programme for the Indian Navy’s Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines in Russia. During a two-year in-depth modernisation the torpedo-firing INS Sindhurakshak, built in 1997, has been equipped with the tube-launched Club-S cruise missiles effective against surface vessels and submarines at a range of about 200 km. It has also been provided with some Indian-made systems, including a hydro-acoustic "USHUS" complex, a CCS-MK radio-communication system and Porpoise Electronic Support Measures. After going through sea trials and firing tests the submarine will be handed over to the Indian Navy later this year. The INS Sindhurakshak is the seventh and the last of the 10 Kilo-class submarines that India bought from Russia between 1986 and 2000 to have undergone mid-term repairs and modernisation in Russia. Of the remaining three submarines one was repaired in India and the two others are currently under repair in India. 2