In a bid to promote domestic defence industry, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has allowed private sector firms to both develop and produce missile systems such as vertical launched surface to air missile systems programme.
Under the Development cum Production Partner (DCPP) programme, the Centre has allowed the private sector to co-develop missile systems.
The effort is part of initiatives to prepare the private sector industry to be able to develop complex military systems under the Make in India project.
The all-weather air defence missile system is being developed to provide point and area defence against various aerial targets like jets, fighter aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles.
The canister-based state-of-the-art weapon system would be able to identify, track, engage and destroy the target with a high kill probability. It has a strike range of about 40 km.
DRDO has also helped the private sector industry including Tata and Baba Kalyani industries to develop the ATAGS howitzer which is likely to be the main artillery gun for the Indian Army in the next many decades.