Israel and India are reportedly close to completing a deal to build an antimissile system as protection from possible Chinese nuclear or conventional attacks.
The effort has the backing of the Indian Defense Ministry, Defense News reported on Thursday. A final deal is anticipated to be inked in the coming six months, an unidentified Indian Defense Research and Development Organization scientist said.
The envisioned antimissile system would incorporate India's indigenous Prithvi air defense technology and the land-transportable radar under development by Israel Aircraft Industries and a state-owned Indian electronics company. The Israeli defense company Rafael also is in line to participate in the program.
"The proposed missile defense program will be a network of air defense systems and radars from India and Israel," an unidentified senior Rafael company official said at an industry event in New Delhi.
Israel was reported two years ago to be interested in selling to India its Arrow missile interceptor, which is focused on shielding against medium- or long-range missile strikes.
It is not clear against which types of missiles the new India-Israel defense system would be most capable.