- India has begun the process of acquiring the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II(NASAMS-II) from the US to fully secure its airspace against aerial threats ranging from drones to ballistic missiles.
- The NASAMS-II will be used along with indigenous Russian and Israeli systems to establish a multi-layered missile shield over the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
- NASAMS-II is an upgraded version of Raytheon National Advanced Surface-To-Air Missile System (NASAMS).It features new 3D mobile surveillance radars and 12 missile launchers for quicker reaction.
- The new air-defence system will eventually supplement the long-delayed indigenous two-tier ballistic missile defence (BMD) shield that is in an advanced stage of development by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
- A NASAMS battery consists of up to 12 multi missile launchers each of which can carry six AIM-120-series advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles(AMRAAMs) or other surface-to-air missiles(SAMs).
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