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Israel signs $2 billion missile deal with India

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Jerusalem: Israel has signed a US $2 billion contract with India to supply it with missile defence systems, the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said on Thursday.

IAI said it would also supply additional long-range air and missile defence systems for the first locally produced Indian aircraft carrier.

The Indian and Israeli defence forces already have in operation the MRSAM – the technology is said to have been jointly developed by IAI and India’s DRDO in collaboration with Rafael and IAI’s Elta division.

Israel’s willingness to share technology and form joint ventures with Indian companies to develop and manufacture military equipment supporting the ‘Make in India’ initiative is said to have been well received in New Delhi.

In the case of MRSAM, an advanced air and missile defence system that provides protection against a variety of aerial threats, the technology is said to have been jointly developed by IAI and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in collaboration with Rafael and IAI’s Elta division. Indian companies such as Larsen & Toubro are said to have also participated in the project.

MRSAM’s current version is operational with the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Israel Defence Forces (IDF).

The system includes an advanced phased-array radar, command and control, mobile launchers and missiles with advanced RF seekers.

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