The air-dropted missiles to be used against the Indian Air Forces MiG29s have been given clearance by the Indian government to be launched against the air force’s main bases in the country.
The decision was taken after consultations with the Ministry of Defence, a Defence Ministry official said on Saturday.
The minister added that the decision was being taken on the basis of a proposal received from the defence ministry.
The Air Force had earlier said that it was considering launching the missiles from its air force base in Baramulla, about 140 km from New Delhi, and that they could be used to intercept any air force fighter in the region.
The move was taken as part of an attempt to beef up its anti-missile capabilities against a possible Indian attack.
The ministry said it was aware of the air defence exercise by the Air Force, and was looking at the possibility of deploying the airforce missiles to the airfields at Baramullah and other locations in the state.
“The defence ministry is looking at this option in light of the current situation and the request for the missile is being considered,” the official said.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has also cleared the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) to procure five MiG35 air defence missiles from Russia, the official added.