India to Approve US $ 3 Billion Deals with Israel

The deals involve two of IAI's AWACS planes, aerostats, Spice guidance kits and Litening laser designator pod made by Rafael

India to Approve US $ 3 Billion Deals with Israel


according to Janes website, India's Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is poised to approve the procurement of various Israeli military equipment worth an estimated US$3 billion ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Tel Aviv later this year.

Official sources said this includes two additional Ilyushin Il-76-based Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Phalcon airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft and four supplementary Rafael/IAI radar-equipped aerostats for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The CCS - the federal government's primary body on defense and security matters, headed by Modi - is also expected to clear the INR100 billion joint development by IAI/Rafael and India's state-run Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of medium-range surface-to-air missiles (MR-SAMs) for the Indian Army.

A DRDO/IAI/Rafael joint venture, formed in January 2006, successfully test-fired the 70 km-range Barak-8 air defense missile in late 2014 following a five-year delay. The Barak-8, to be series-produced by the state-run Bharat Dynamics Limited in Hyderabad, southern India, is to be fitted onto Indian Navy (IN) warships.

Other Israeli procurements likely to obtain CCS sanction comprise 250 advanced Rafael Smart Precise Impact and Cost Effective (SPICE) guidance kits for air-to-surface munitions and 164 Litening-4 laser designation pods for the IAF's Su-30MKI, Jaguar, and Mirage 2000H strike aircraft fleets. This is a transaction that was approved by in the past, but according to recent reports, the Americans are trying to push their Javelin missiles instead of Raphael's spike missiles. If the deal will be approved, it is estimated in over a billion dollars.

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