India is developing its own long-range air defence system, similar to Israel’s Iron Dome, under Project Kusha. This system, with a range of up to 350 kilometres, aims to protect the country against various threats and provide strategic and tactical coverage.
Initially believed to be nearly impenetrable, Israel’s Iron Dome is a state-of-the-art rocket defence system that faced a stern test on October 7 when Palestinian militant group Hamas launched about 5,000 rockets in just 20 minutes. Despite the attacks, this defence system provided a considerable level of protection for the country.
India’s own long-range air defence system, similar to the Iron Dome, aims to equip India with a robust air defence system capable of detecting and neutralising incoming threats. Led by the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Project Kusha has received approval for funding amounting to approximately Rs 21,700 crore and is scheduled for deployment by 2028-2029.
India’s LR-SAM (Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile) system is designed to perform tasks akin to the Iron Dome. It will be equipped to detect and destroy a range of threats, including stealth fighters, aircraft, drones, cruise missiles, and precision-guided munitions. Reports say that it will feature interception capabilities comparable to the Russian S-400 Triumf air defence system.