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Israel’s new BFF India approves the purchase of over $3 billion worth of state of the art Israeli military systems


India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is poised to approve the procurement of various Israeli military equipment worth an estimated USD3 billion ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Tel Aviv later this year.

Official sources said this includes two additional Ilyushin Il-76-based Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Phalcon airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft and four supplementary Rafael/IAI radar-equipped aerostats for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

In early 2011 the IAF inducted three similar Uzbek AEW&C platforms, upgraded by Russia with PS90 engines, which were acquired under a tripartite deal in 2004 for around USD2 billion, while earlier in 2007-08 the IAF procured two IAI/Rafael aerostat-based radars for INR3.38 billion (USD504 million) to boost low-level air and sea surveillance.

The CCS – the federal government’s primary body on defence and security matters, headed by Modi – is also expected to clear the INR100 billion joint development by IAI/Rafael and India’s state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of medium-range surface-to-air missiles (MR-SAMs) for the Indian Army.

A DRDO/IAI/Rafael joint venture, formed in January 2006, successfully test-fired the 70 km-range Barak-8 air defence missile in late 2014 following a five-year delay. The Barak-8, to be series-produced by the state-run


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