India is on the final stages of a $500 million deal with Israel for the procurement of around 4,500 Spike anti-tank guided missiles for the army before the visit of Israel defence secretary Udi Adam’s to New Delhi for the annual joint working group discussion on bilateral defence cooperation.
If the Indian government approves, agreement could be signed as early as next week when top Israeli defense official meeting in India
- India to procure 4,500 Spike anti-tank guided missiles.
- India abandoned the similar deal, last year, fear it could hit Make in India.
- Deal of 2 PHALCON-AWACS, and TAVOR-21 assault rifles also on desk.
- Israeli defense official Udi Adam to visit india next week.
Spike is a fourth-generation man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile devised by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. These missiles have a range between 800 metres and eight kilometres. Indian Defense Ministry earlier pulled out of a similar deal last year because the purchase of Israeli anti-tank missiles could harm the development of Indigenous anti-tank missile systems.
The deal was further altered to the government-to-government route after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited India this January. Netanyahu had declared that the “Spike deal is back on the desk”. Under the deal, India will purchase 4,500 weapons with only a small quantity being manufactured in Hyderabad.
While the Israeli diplomats take a firm stand that the menu for Adam’s trip is global defence and security related issues, India will also discourse the possibility of purchasing two more PHALCON-AWACS for the air force from Israel.
This state-of-the-art radar with deep penetration ability is affixed on the Russian IL-76 program and its cost is anticipated around $1 billion. India already has three of these advance warning and early sensing planes which can look deep into enemy region.
The other military hardware deal on the docket would be manufacture of TAVOR-21 assault rifles for the Indian security forces under the “Make in India route”.
Apart from analyzing the devlopment of current bilateral defence deals, Adams and Mitra would exchange their perspectives on the situation germinating in West Asia and Iran and the security environment in Asia and the Indo-Pacific.