Indian website The Economic Times reported that Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) are teaming up to provide an anti-torpedo defense system, called SHADE, to the Indian Navy. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding the project was signed by Rafael's Corporate Regional Director for India, Eli Hefets, and BDL Director (Technical) N. P. Diwakar, in the presence of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, last weekend during the Aero India 2021 Show in Bengaluru.
In a statement, Rafael said that the joint induction of SHADE is part of Rafael's commitment to the "Aatma-nirbhar Bharat" (self-reliance) initiative of the Indian government. SHADE will be the first system in the world to employ a combination of soft kill and hard kill decoys, thereby providing a robust and effective defense against modern torpedoes, the statement said.
The MoU will be a precursor for cooperation on futuristic systems for the Indian Armed Forces, entailing advanced transfer of technology, with a "very high" level of indigenous content, leading to self-sufficiency in the field of cutting-edge technology in defense, according to the statement. The pact represents an ideal opportunity for industrial cooperation between Israel and India that will lead to closer collaboration and co-development of advanced systems in India, it said.
"Parties will work together to identify joint opportunities for export, subject to export control guidelines of the two governments", the statement added.