India-China Border: The Indian Air Force started showing interest in these missiles about two years ago, when the Chinese Army deployed a large number of tanks and infantry combat vehicles near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in front of the eastern Ladakh sector. was deployed.
Indian Air Force
In a bid to boost its capabilities to destroy enemy positions hidden behind mountains, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has received Israeli Spike Non-Line of Sight (NLOS) anti-tank guided missiles with a range of up to 30 km. Can hit the target with. Defense sources told ANI that the Israeli Spike NLOS anti-tank guided missiles have been delivered and are going to be tested soon.
The sources said the NLOS missiles, now being integrated with the Russian-origin fleet of Mi-17V5 helicopters, would be capable of hitting targets from long distances and would be very effective against enemy targets and assets hidden behind mountains or hills. can be proved.
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The Indian Air Force started showing interest in these missiles about two years ago when the Chinese Army deployed a large number of tanks and infantry combat vehicles along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the eastern Ladakh sector.
The sources also said that currently a limited number of Spike NLOS ATGMs have been ordered and the force will look at acquiring these missiles in larger numbers through the ‘Make-in-India’ initiative.
The air-launched NLOS ATGMs can strike their ground targets from standoff distances and can cause significant damage to enemy tank regiments and stall their progress, the sources said.
- Indian Army strengthened its arsenal
In view of the threat posed to the country due to the aggression shown by China two years ago, both the Indian Army and the Air Force have significantly strengthened their arsenal through both Indian and foreign weapons.
The top brass of the Indian Air Force is laying great emphasis on indigenization and is supporting several programs to manufacture such high-tech equipment and weapons through Indian sources and industry.