Rafael to sell Indian Army $1b. worth of anti-tank missiles

The magazine did not say whether the companies that stayed out of the tender refused to share their technology with India.

By RAN DAGONI / GLOBES
March 24, 2011 23:24
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Spike anti-tank missile

Spike anti-tank missile 311. (photo credit: Courtesy Natan Flayer)

 
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WASHINGTON – The Indian Army is about to order thousands of Spike anti-tank missiles and peripheral equipment from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. in a $1 billion deal, Defense News reported Thursday.

Indian Ministry of Defense officials told the magazine that the order is for 321 launchers, 8,356 missiles, 15 training simulators and peripheral equipment.

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Rafael was the only bidder in the tender, which was published in June 2010, and the Indian Army had to obtain a special permit to sign a deal on the basis of a tender with just one potential vendor. General Dynamics Corporation , Raytheon Company, Pan-European MBDA, and Russia's Rosoboron export decided not to participate in the tender.

Defense News quoted sources as saying that technology transfer was the main obstacle to completing the deal.

The magazine did not say whether the companies that stayed out of the tender refused to share their technology with India, nor did it mention Rafael’s position on the matter.

Defense News said that the Indian Army will receive various configurations of the Spike, including ready-for-use missiles already assembled in Israel, partly assembled missiles whose final assembly will take place in India, and missiles that will be fully assembled by Bharat Dynamics Ltd., an Indian government-owned company.

The Indian Army plans to install the Spike missile systems on Russian-built combat vehicles. Indian officials said that tests in battlefield conditions have been completed, and that the Spike missiles met all the specifications set by the Indian Army: a range of 2.5 kilometers in day and night conditions, and a 90 percent accuracy rate. The tender also stipulates that the missiles must have 3G active-passive fire-and-forget guidance systems.

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On another matter, an Indian Army official said that the Arrow 2 anti-ballistic missile system, jointly built by Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) and Boeing Co., might become part of India’s missile defense solution.

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