India signed contract with Israel’s IAI worth $1.3 billion for defense systems for Indian Army and Indian Navy. The two deals were signed on Oct. 24 and Oct. 29. Israel Aerospace Industries will supply Sky Capture air defense system for Indian Army worth $550 million. It will also provide Barak 8 missile defense systems, also known as LRSAM i.e. Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile in India, for seven Indian ships, worth $770 million.
The two deals sum up to $1.3 billion showing India and Israel’s increasing defense cooperation. IAI announced the $550 million mega deal on October 29 to supply Sky capture command and control system for anti-aircraft defense. It uses the sensors and radars, made by IAI and ELTA, provides short-range aerial defense. It can also be used in 40 mm guns, man-pad air defense system or missiles or other technologies.
Under the $770 million deal, signed on October 24, IAI will outfit the Indian ships with LRSAM missile defense systems. The contract of this system is signed with a local Indian contractor, Bharat Electronics Limited. India and Israel will jointly develop the Barak 8 Missile system. It has several advanced systems as launchers, command, and control, digital radar, interceptors with modern radio frequency seekers, system-wide connectivity and data link.
IAI’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Systems Missiles and Space Group, Boaz Levy, said that the deals represent important sales of two different systems that show IAI and India are learning to work closely together. He also said about how IAI has one of the best capabilities in the world and that the current deal is part of increasing cooperation in India. “We are speaking the same language now”, he said.
Israel is playing a key role in upgrading India’s armed forces, bringing the technology and working with local contractors. It is one of the largest arms suppliers of India.
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