India's successful testing of its Nag anti-armor missile could jeopardize a potential deal to purchase Spike Missile from Rafael of Israel worth US$500 million, reports appearing in Israeli media suggest.
The fate of the deal is again clouded in doubt with India continuing to develop its own anti-tank missile, which will compete with the Israeli missile. India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) tested its anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) NAG 190 in desert conditions against two tank targets last week, Globes reported Tuesday.
India had expressed interest in buying Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) through the government-to-government (G-to-G) route in January, two months after it decided to cancel a deal to procure the weapons after the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) expressed confidence of producing the indigenous Nag ATGM.
Israeli sources say India's NAG 190 anti-tank missile will not be operational for five years despite claims it will be ready by 2019, the news daily reported.
However, in India itself, experts believe that the NAG 190 will be full developed by the end of the year.
The proposal to acquire the missile system from the Israeli firm faced hurdles when it apparently expressed reservations in ensuring full transfer of technology as per the provisions of the 'Make in India' initiative.
"Following the talks I had with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian government has informed us that it is putting the Spike deal back on track,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said during his visit to New Delhi in January.
“They are reauthorizing the Spike deal,” Netanyahu told Israeli journalists.
Netanyahu’s remarks on the deal did not spell out if it would still be worth $500 million. A proposal for fewer Spike ATGMs is likely to be considered to meet urgent operational requirements of the Army until the DRDO-developed missile is inducted into service, Financial Express had reported.
India's Kalyani group and Israel's state-run Rafael Advanced Defence Systems had commissioned Rs 70 crore production facility near Hyderabad in August last year, anticipating that the Israeli firm would bag the contract.
The Indian defense ministry has officially cancelled a $500 million deal to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israeli Rafael. “Rafael has received an official statement from the Indian Ministry of Defense on the cancellation of the Spike missile deal,” read a statement from the company, adding that it had been canceled before the signing of the contract and despite the company fulfilling all of the necessary requirements,
Israels Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is offering its Trophy Active Protection System and Spike missiles for Australias LAND 400 armored vehicles program and plans to open a local company in the country. “In order to meet the anticipated demand, Rafael will be opening a local company in Australia to jointly produce the SPIKE missiles with Australias Varley and will be purchasing metal for various system from Australia's Bisalloy Steel Group,” the company announced on Monday
Israeli Rafael in partnership with Australian Varley will open a Spike LR2 anti-tank missile production and assembly facility in Australia. Varley Australia has partnered with Rafael to deliver Australian production and assembly of Spike missiles
Rafael has opened a missile manufacturing plant in India along with its Indian partner Kalyani Strategic Systems. The factory would manufacture Spike anti-tank missiles which are part of half a billion dollar deal with India, the company said in a statement Thursday
India is close to signing a contract to equip its Dassault Rafales with Rafaels Litening targeting pod to enable the aircraft to fly intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance missions. "The advanced sensors will be manufactured by a local company that is jointly owned by Rafael and an Indian partner," Yuval Miller, head of the Israeli companys air and C4I systems division was quoted as saying by
Israeli firm Rafael will unveil a fifth-generation version of its Spike anti-tank missile, the Spike-ER II at the MSPO international defense exhibition in Kielce, Poland later this week. A company announcement said that the Spike-ER II is a tactical electro-optical precision multi-purpose missile that can be launched from all the existing Spike missile launchers
Indias Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has underlined the need for revitalizing defence PSUs and ordnance factories for meeting the ammunition needs of Indias defence forces. “The managements of these organisations need to be ahead of the curve and show dynamism,” as they possess immense and valuable assets that could offer manufacturers huge production opportunities,” she said, while addressing Ammo India 2018, the 1st International Conference on Military Ammunition on the theme, Make in India- Opportunities and Challenges
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