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CAG report: ‘IAF’s strategic missile systems not yet inducted on China border’

New Delhi, July 29, 2017: As tensions between India and China continue to run high due to the standoff between the two armies at Doklam, strategic missile systems of the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the China border have not been inducted till now, after a delay of four years.

Updated:Saturday, July 29, 2017, 00:42

CAG report: ‘IAF’s strategic missile systems not yet inducted on China border’New Delhi, July 29, 2017: As tensions between India and China continue to run high due to the standoff between the two armies at Doklam, strategic missile systems of the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the China border have not been inducted till now, after a delay of four years.

This was highlighted in a CAG report presented to Parliament Friday. “Based on the threat perception, Government of India in 2010 had envisaged induction of strategic missile system for the IAF in the ‘S’ sector to create deterrence. This deterrence capability was planned to be put in place between June 2013 and December 2015 in a phased manner,” the report said, adding, “but till date, even after four years this urgently needed capability has not been created and the strategic objective remains unachieved.”

Although the CAG report does not identify the missile, it has been reliably learnt that the missile under consideration is the Surface-to-Air Akash missile which was approved for induction into the IAF by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) in December 2008. Two squadrons of the missile system were commissioned for Pakistan border, in the South-Western Air Command and Western Air Command, in October 2014 and March 2015, respectively.

Source: Indian Express

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