Report: India wants license to produce Iron Dome
By RAN DAGONI, WASHINGTON/GLOBES
December 12, 2012 19:08
India wishes to procure and manufacture the short range missile-defense system Iron Dome, website Defense News reported on Wednesday.
During a visit to India last week, Ministry of Defense director general Udi Shani and India's Defense Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma discussed the progress of current defense projects by the two countries and plans for potential projects. Israeli diplomats in India, Israeli government officials and defense industry sources declined to comment on the report, according to Defense News.
New Delhi wants to procure Iron Dome on a "buy and build" basis; in other words, to obtain a license from Israel to manufacture it. An Indian source said that Israel had agreed to sell the system to India, but was hesitant about selling the technology needed to manufacture it. The report did not say whether the US would agree to the proposed deal.