“Indian Ministry of Defence signs contracts for improved Akash Weapon System and Weapon Locating Radars for Indian Army”

  1. The Ministry of Defence has signed contracts for the procurement of an improved Akash Weapon System and 12 Weapon Locating Radars, WLR Swathi (Plains) for the Indian Army.
  2. The overall cost of the procurement is over nine thousand 100 crore rupees.
  3. The contract for the procurement of improved Akash Weapon System (AWS) was signed with Bharat Dynamics Limited, worth over eight thousand 160 crore rupees.
  4. The AWS is a Short Range Surface Air Missile (SRSAM) Air Defence System, indigenously designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  5. Two additional Regiments of AWS with Upgradation are being procured for Indian Army for the Northern borders.
  6. The project will give a boost to the Indian missile manufacturing industry in particular and the indigenous defence manufacturing ecosystem as a whole.
  7. The project has overall indigenous content of 82 per cent which will be increased to 93 per cent by 2026-27.
  8. The induction of the improved AWS into the Indian Army will increase India’s self-reliance in Short Range Missile capability.
  9. The contract for WLR Swathi (Plains) was signed with Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL) at a cost of over 990 crore rupees.
  10. The project will enable troops to carry out their operational tasks without any interference from the enemy and also provide them safety against enemy fire.
  11. Induction of WLR Swathi (Plains) is planned to be completed in 24 months.
  12. The project is a big opportunity for the defence industry to showcase its capability and will be a step in the direction of achieving the goal of Aatmanirbharta in defence.

What is the indigenous content of the Akash Weapon System project?
A. 50%
B. 82%
C. 93%
D. 100%

Answer: B. 82%

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