Israel Aerospace receives $777 million contract to supply missile defence systems to Indian Navy

Tel Aviv: State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has won an additional $777 million contract to supply Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM) defence systems to seven ships in the Indian Navy, the company said on Wednesday.

The contract is with the Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), which is the main contractor in the project, IAI said.

 Israel Aerospace receives 7 million contract to supply missile defence systems to Indian Navy

The logo of state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries. Reuters

The LRSAM, part of the Barak 8 family, is an air and missile defence system used by Israel Navy as well as India’s navy, air and land forces. With this deal, sales of the Barak 8 over the past few years total over $6 billion, IAI said.

“IAI’s partnership with India dates many years back and has culminated in joint system development and production,” IAI CEO Nimrod Sheffer said. “India is a major market for IAI and we plan to ... reinforce our positioning in India, also in view of increasing competition.”

Israel and India’s leaders have pledged to deepen ties and the countries have been increasing cooperation in fields like agriculture and advanced technologies. Israel is also emerging as one of India’s biggest suppliers of weapons, alongside the United States and long-term partner Russia.

Last year, IAI struck a deal worth almost $2 billion to supply Indian Army and Indian Navy with missile defence systems. This was followed by a $630 million contract with BEL to supply Barak 8 surface-to-air missile systems for four ships in the Indian Navy.

The Barak 8 was developed by IAI in collaboration with Israel’s Defence Ministry, India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation, the navies of both countries, Israel’s Rafael and local industries in both, India and Israel.

Updated Date: Oct 24, 2018 18:59:31 IST