With bidders lining up for a slew of Indian short-range air defense contracts, European missile-maker MBDA is taking an unusual approach to secure sizable deals. Rather than drawing on an existing system, MBDA is gambling by promoting a developmental surface-to-air missile system for army, navy and air force requirements. The strategy is being built around the Maitri system, a 15-km-range (9.3-mi.) surface-to-air missile (SAM), being jointly developed with India's Defense ...

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