Indian Government clears $3 Billion defence deals with Israel


With the Prime Minister Narendra Modi gearing up to go to Israel sometime in the upcoming months, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has started the clearance of several defense deals with Israel. The deals are reported to have a combined worth of $3 Billion (Rs. 20000 crore).

Once the deals are done, the Indian armed forces will get a host of new weaponry; like the Spice-2000 bombs, the medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MR-SAM) and a lot more. In addition to weapons, the deal will also get new defense and detection systems like Phalcon AWACS (airborne warning and control systems) and aerostat radars.

While most of these deals had reached the final stages of approvals, the negotiations for the initial Rs 3,200 crore contract for 321 Israeli “Spike” anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems and 8,356 missiles are now being done after being put on hold for several months.

Both the 164 laser-designation pods (Litening-4) and 250 advanced “Spice” precision stand-off bombs are meant to arm IAF fighter jets like Sukhoi-30MKIs and Jaguars for greater lethality and accuracy.

The around Rs 10,000 crore joint development of the MR-SAM for the Army, in turn, will follow the similar ongoing DRDO-Israeli Aerospace Industries projects worth around Rs 13,000 crore for the Navy and IAF. The IAF-Navy variants have an interception range of 70-km, while the one for the Army will be 50-km.

The acquisition of two additional AWACS for over $1 billion, in turn, will be a follow-on order to the three such “force-multipliers” already inducted by the IAF under a tripartite $1.1 billion agreement inked by India, Israel and Russia in 2004.