NEW DELHI — India has approved a $1.23 billion deal to procure 490 French advanced air-to-air missiles for its air force’s Mirage 2000 aircraft fleet. The country’s Cabinet Committee on Security, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, gave its approval late yesterday to sign the purchase contract with European missile maker MBDA for the fire-and-forget MICA, or interception and aerial combat, missiles as part of the second phase of plans for upgrading the Indian air force (IAF) Mirage ...


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