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Did Indian ‘Jugaad’! IAF Converts Obsolete Russian Air-To-Air Missiles Into Surface-To-Air Systems?


If photographs taken at the most recent Defense Expo in Gandhinagar are to be believed, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has converted obsolete air-to-air missiles (AAM) into surface-to-air missiles (SAM).


The SAMAR SAM platform has been constructed from Russian-made R-27 and R-73 AAMs. However, among retired IAF fighter pilots, opinions on the system's viability are still divided.