India is currently trying to get its hands on the US anti missile system to protect the India capital from incoming enemy missiles. With the recent developments in the Dokalam and its ever strained relations with Pakistan its evident that the Indian government would be wary of any threats that may come.
The government has been showing a major interest in anti missile defence mechanisms which also covers anti ballistic missile defence systems as both of its neighbour’s posses nuclear arsenal with missiles which could hit major Indian cities including the national capital.
India has already had a multibillion dollar deal with the Russians for the supply of S400 anti ballistic missile system and The in future there are high chances that India would acquire ‘iron dome ‘ from Israel a anti missile defence system which has already proved its worth by protecting the holy land from the incoming HAMAS missiles and rockets. It would be a game changer for India if it somehow acquires it.
Now, coming to the current talks of India buying NASMAS (The National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System). The National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) is a medium-range, network-centric air defence system designed and developed jointly by Raytheon and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, primarily for the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF).
The system can be deployed to identify, engage and destroy aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as well as protect high-value assets and mass population centres against air-to-surface threats.
The missile system is in service with the RNoAF, the Dutch Army, the Spanish Army and the US National Capital Region, Finland and an undisclosed nation.
For India it would be cheery on top of its already developing anti missile systems. The NASAMAS along with the Russian S400 and IRON DOME from Israel. India currently is also developing its very own anti missile system Prithvi Air Defence system (PAD) and the joint Indo-Israeli venture of Barrack 8 missile defence system.
What India should try to do right now is not only to simply buy these systems but also work on technology transfer agreements as well to support indigenous developments in the defence sector in India which is currently in dire need of new technology and innovations to support the ever increasing defence demands of India.