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India taps Israel's Spike anti-tank missile over US Javelin, says military source

NEW DELHI - India has opted to buy Israel's Spike anti-tank guided missile, a defense ministry source said on Saturday, rejecting a rival US offer of Javelin missiles that Washington had lobbied hard to win.
India will buy at least 8,000 Spike missiles and more than 300 launchers in a deal worth 32 billion rupees ($525 million), the source said after a meeting of India's Defense Acquisition Council.Prime Minister Narendra Modi's five-month-old government wants to clear a backlog of defense orders and boost India's firepower, amid recent border tensions with China and heavy exchanges of fire with Pakistan across the Kashmiri frontier.
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