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Indian Navy to field BMD systems on future warships for protection of Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups

Source : Indian Defence Updates (IDU)

Indian Navy to field BMD systems on future warships for protection of Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups
An US Navy Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer firing an Anti Ballistic Missile (File Photo)

Indian Navy to field BMD systems on future warships for protection of Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups

The Indian Navy is taking steps to get approval for the second Vikrant-class Aircraft Carrier and has plans to procure a 3rd larger Aircraft Carrier of 65,000-tonne displacement.

Aircraft Carrier battle groups will be more vulnerable due to the development of modern Anti-ship ballistic missiles and Hypersonic anti-ship cruise missiles and China will also pass some of its advanced anti-ship ballistic missiles and anti-ship cruise missiles to Pakistan for which the Indian Navy is planning to add multi-layered air defense coverage to its Aircraft Carrier battle groups that will able to neutralize Next Generation anti-ship weapons under Phase-II of Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) program.

INS Vikrant Aircraft Carrier Battle Group
INS Vikrant Aircraft Carrier Battle Group

India has plans to equip its frontline warships and Future Missile Cruisers (Next Generation Destroyers) with long-range Interceptor missiles designed for both low exo-atmospheric and indo-atmospheric interception of long-range ballistic missiles.

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