New Delhi: The US has offered India one of its most advanced ship-board missile defence systems, capable of tracking and neutralising up to 100 attacking missiles.
The equipment on offer, the Aegis ship-board missile system, has the potential of being integrated with country’s indegenious missiles like the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile and nuclear-capable Agni missiles.
“An American company made a presentation to the Indian Navy in November 2006,” Defence Minister A.K. Antony informed the Lok Sabha on 26 April.
“This presentation was made in respect of three ship-board missile systems,” he said in a written reply.
Though Antony did not name the systems on offer, top defence sources said the US had made a presentation on the Aegis missile system made by Lockheed Martin.
The Ageis can track over 100 missiles, including sea-skimming versions, with its supercomputers and engage them according to priority, depending on their velocity and height.
The system, according to Lockheed Martin, is designed for multi-pronged and simultaneous warfare to engage targets in the air, on sea, on the surface and also sub-surface.