India India likely to revive mega missile deal with Israel

18:13  12 january  2018
18:13  12 january  2018 Source:   AFP

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The Indian army and the government are discussing ways to revive a 0 million order to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel ’s state-owned defence contractor Rafael, military chief Bipin Rawat said Friday. India recently called off the deal to procure 8,000 missiles

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The Indian army and the government are discussing ways to revive a $500 million order to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel's state-owned defence contractor Rafael, military chief Bipin Rawat said Friday.

India recently called off the deal to procure 8,000 missiles, souring the build up to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the country this week.

Rawat said the deal was scrapped after the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) offered to manufacture similar missiles in line with premier Narendra Modi's pet 'Make in India' initiative.

"They (DRDO) said... why you are going for a missile that we are capable of manufacturing and can give you better results," Rawat said.

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The deal may be revived as part of a government-to-government deal . India is considering the possibility of reviving a 0 million anti-tank missile deal with Israel ’s Rafael weapons manufacturer, a Delhi news agency reported Wednesday

India has signed a .5 billion missile deal with Israel wherein both nations will jointly develop a medium range surface-to-air missile system for Indian military. As per the deal , five regiments of the missile , which consists of 40 units and 200 missiles , will be developed.

"That is what led to retracting of the RFP (request for proposal)."

Rawat said the DRDO missiles were yet to be tested and would not be ready till 2022, which could hit India's operational capabilities in the interim.

"So how do we bridge the gap between now and 2022? It's through the Spike.

"Rather than going whole hog we are in the discussion with the government" to fill in the gap he said.

"We can possibly look at a lesser number to meet the gap."

India has been investing tens of billions of dollars in updating its Soviet-era military hardware to counter long-standing tensions with regional rivals China and Pakistan.

Israel is a major weapons supplier to India, exporting an average of $1 billion of military equipment each year.

In April last year the two countries signed a military deal worth nearly $2 billion which includes the supply of medium-range surface-to-air missiles, launchers and communications technology.

But Modi has said he wants to end India's status as the world's number one defence importer and to have 70 percent of hardware manufactured domestically by the turn of the decade.

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