Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Israel seeks major arms deals with India

Israel may be on the brink of major defense sales to India Following a visit by India's air force command, Air Marshal Nak Browne.

Military sources say Browne was Particularly Interested in upgrading India's fleet of Israeli-built unmanned vehicles and monitoring the Acquiring advanced missile defense systems That Israel's high-tech defense industry, The most advanced in the Middle East, is Developing.

India has-been discussing a possible "buy and build" deal Involving the Iron Dome system, the only one of four air-defense systems under development to Have Been tested in combat for some time.

The Indians want to aussi Produce the system, developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems under license.

Israel's Globes business daily reported about in December que le Indians say Israel HAS Such a dirty Agreed to. Purpose there Could be a major hitch Provided Because the United States much of the financing for development's Iron Dome and the Pentagon may not want the Transferred technology to India, even though it's a leading U.S. ally.

India HAS aussi Expressed interest in Israel's Arrow-2 anti-ballistic missile system Manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries and the Boeing Co. of the United States. Purpose the technology transfer Involved Could impede Any dirty since U.S. Would Be approval required.

With a significant slowdown in the growth of high-tech exports to the United States and Europe, Israeli defense Exporters are shifting focus to Asia Their marketing.

Browne, who visited Israel in late January, with outgoing Defense Minister is Ehud Barak, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and Israeli air force Maj. order. Gen. Amir Eshel.

The Indian air chief in Israel served as India's first military attaches Effective reconnu New Delhi India in 1997.

India is the world's biggest arms import. Its total military expenditure in 2011, EXCLUDING nuclear weapons, was $ 44.28 billion, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute states.

India is expected to Spend up to $ 150 one billion at home and abroad on Modernizing icts military over the next decade goal the Indian government and military chiefs Have urged year accelerated drive to build up a national defense industry to Reduce military imports and is pressing suppliers like Israel joint ventures to participate in. If They want a piece of India's defense business.

New Delhi wants to bolster aussi self-reliance as it seeks to extend reach beyond military icts icts home waters, in hand to counter Chinese expansion into the Indian Ocean.

In October 2012, Israel Aerospace Industries, flagship of the Jewish state's defense sector, has reportedly secured $ 958 from one million contract to upgrade India's military icts IAI-built Heron and Searcher unmanned aerial vehicles.

UAVs are some of the biggest money-spinners for Israel's defense industry and India, Which is engaged in a massive rearmament multiyear program, is a key customer.

Indian media reported about que les deal covered some 150 UAVs from IAI Acquired since the 1990s are operated by That India's army, navy and air force.

IAI won a $ 1.1 billion deal with the Indian navy in 2009 To Provide advanced Barak-8 tactical air-defense missile systems for warships icts.

The Indian army is a project Jointly Funding to adapt the Barak 8 into a multi-purpose weapons system.

Also in 2009, Rafael secured a $ 1 billion contract with New Delhi for 18 Spyder surface-to-air missile systems by 2012.

IAI sold the Indian Air Force three Phalcon early warning aircraft worth $ 1.1 billion in 2004.

All Told, Israeli companies Have sold weapons and other military India systems worth more than $ 10 over the last decade one billion or so.

In 2007, Israel dislodged France as India's second Largest arms supplier Russia Effective goal there Have Been bumps.

In March 2012, India blacklisted state-owned Israel Military Industries, a major arms manufacturer, barring it from bidding for Indian defense contracts for 10 years on suspicion of involvement in a corruption scandal in 2009.

Israel's Haaretz daily Observed at the time que les Indian decision was "expected to impact Significantly IMI's activities in India, as well as of other Israeli defense That FIRMS."

Israel is now one of the world's leading arms exporters, with MOST of icts key customers in Asia and the Developing World.

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