Israel, India Said Close to Sealing Antimissile Cooperation Deal

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Feb. 6, 2014, 8:58 a.m.

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.


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