The Indian army has reportedly axed a $500 million Spike anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) deal with Israeli firm Rafael after the missiles failed to clear the trials conducted by the Indian army last year.
According to the media, the sensors of the Spike ATGM could not identify the target when the army was testing the missile at Pokhran, Rajasthan state.
"The missile failed in multiple areas during summer trials. Sensors failed to detect the target during trials carried out in Pokhran," a source familiar with the development said.
India was earlier looking forward to buy 21 launchers, 8356 missiles, and 15 simulators from Rafael. New Delhi has stated that the deal was cancelled to favour the “Nag” man-portable ATGM, developed by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
In February of last year, the Indian defense ministry had said that "there is no need to acquire transfer of technology with the ATGM system on account of indigenous development of third-generation Man-Portable ATGM."
The DRDO has been working on the"fire-and-forget" Nag ATGM since 2009 and has spent approximately $47 million (INR 322 crore) on its development. The Nag has a lock-on-before-launch capability range of 4 km, making it the longest in the world. The missile recently entered a series of last-leg trials ahead of its induction into the army.
It is a third-generation missile developed to support both mechanised infantry and airborne forces of the Indian Army. Nag can be launched from land and air-based platforms.
The missile is deployed on a specially modified BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) called the ‘NAMICA.’
Once launched, the Nag doesn't need to be guided, allowing the launcher to seek cover. The missile can use its autonomous on-board guidance to hit even a fast-moving tank. It uses indigenous image-seeking optical guidance, making it virtually jam-proof, unlike the infra-red seekers of Javelin and Spike missiles.
Russian technical experts are expected to reach India by the end of this year or in early 2020, to help the Indian side kick-start a part of the $2.15 billion (INR 14,700 crore) project, to build two BrahMos-equipped Talwar-class frigates, at Goa Shipyard
India is seeking to buy additional 18 Russian-made new Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets, Deputy Director of Russias Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Vladimir Drozhzhov told reporters on Tuesday. Drozhzhov was quoted as saying by TASS that Russia is processing Indias request for the purchase
India and Russia have worked out a new financial mechanism to bypass US sanctions against Moscow which will commence with payments for the sale of S-400 anti-missile system. New Delhi is expected to make the first instalment payment for the S-400 by the end of the year, believed to be 10% of the $5
The Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has issued a tender worth $291 million (INR 2000 crore) for the procurement of 100 heavyweight torpedoes for the Indian Navys Scorpene-class (Kalvari-class) diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs). “The tender is for around 100 torpedoes and will cater to the immediate requirement of the Navy,” a top ministry official was quoted as saying by the local media
Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS), a joint venture between Indias Kalyani Group and Israeli firm Rafael has won a $100 million (INR 685 crore) contract from overseas partner Rafael to supply 1,000 units of Barak 8 missile kits
Indian Navy’s MiG-29K Suffers Engine Fire, Crashes
Russia’s Upgraded MiG-31BM jets to Enter Service by Year-end
Rolls-Royce Wins USAF’s T-56 Aircraft Engines Upgrade Contract
Bechtel Bags US Navy's $1.4Bn Naval Nuclear Propulsion Components Contract
Bangladesh to Buy Fighter Jets, Apache Gunships & Missile Systems from US
India's Tejas Mk2 in Final Trials
Russia Seeks Customers for 6 Upgraded, Former Indian Air Force Su-30 Fighters
Italian Arms Exports to Pakistan Jump four-folds in 1 year
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...