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India signs anti-tank Strum Ataka missile deal with Russia


Indian Air Force has been looking to equip its existing fleet of Mi-35 attack helicopters with more lethal weapons to keep itself battle-ready in situations like the one post-Balakot aerial strikes. Now, under the emergency provisions in which the equipment has to be bought and ready for deployment in three months - the IAF is set to get 'Strum Ataka' anti-tank missile from Russia. 


India signs anti tank Strum Ataka missile deal with Russia Mi-35 attack helicopter (Picture source: Russian Helicopter)


According to reports, the deal is worth Rs 200 crore and would significantly enhance Mi-35 helicopters' capability to take out enemy tanks and other armoured elements. The Mi-35s are the existing attack helicopters of the Indian Air Force and are set to be replaced with the Apache gunships being acquired from the US and slated to be delivered from next month onwards.

The deal has been signed by the Air Force under the emergency provisions in which the equipment has to be bought and ready for deployment in three months.