India will purchase 8,000 Israeli Spike anti-tank guided missiles and 300 units of launchers 2610142
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|Sunday, October 26, 2014 03:33 PM|
|India will purchase 8,000 Israeli Spike anti-tank guided missiles and 300 units of launchers.|
India has opted to buy Israel’s Spike anti-tank guided missile, a defence ministry source said on Saturday, October 25, 2014, rejecting a rival US offer of Javelin missiles. India will buy at least 8,000 Spike missiles and more than 300 launchers in a deal worth $525 million, according the newspaper website "theguardian".
Israeli Spike launch unit with its anti-tank guided missile in the center of the image.
India is also said to be deliberating about purchasing Israel-made AWACS surveillance aircraft, in line with a similar purchase about a decade ago. If the AWACS deal, which is estimated at over $1 billion, goes ahead, it would be a major win for Israel's defense industries.
In recent years, Israel has been regarded as a central weapons supplier to the countries of southern Asia, with exports to the region amounting to $3.9 billion dollars in 2013.
Israel has extensive security relations with India and is considered a major arms supplier to several south Asian countries. With a staff of six, its military delegation in India is second only to that of the United States.
It beat out the rival U.S. Javelin weapons system, built by Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Co, that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had pitched during Modi's visit to Washington at the end of September.
Senior U.S. officials had said they were still discussing the Javelin order as part of a broader push to deepen defense industry ties with India by increasing the share of production done in the country.
The SPIKE Family consists of missiles suited for land, air and sea platforms, multiple ranges and a variety of targets. The missiles in this family have sophisticated electro-optic CCD or IIR sensors for day/night all-weather operation, as well as a tandem warhead. Their lofted trajectories enable the warhead to strike the target at its most vulnerable location with pinpoint precision. All of the SPIKE Family members have a low life-cycle cost, due to high reliability and operational and logistic support and production commonality between members.
SPIKE-MR and SPIKE-LR are lightweight, 4th generation, man-portable missile systems that share many of the same features that combine to meet the challenges presented by enemy forces. High hit probability against stationary and moving targets is provided by a state-of-the-art CCD / IIR seeker, for operation during the day, at night, and in adverse weather conditions, an advanced tracker and precision guidance system. Their lofted trajectories for top attack enable the warhead to strike the target at its most vulnerable location with pinpoint precision SPIKE-MR and SPIKE-LR deliver maximum performance for urban combat, traditional battlefields, ground support and special missions.
SPIKE-MR operates in Fire and Forget mode with autonomous medium-range target engagement up to 2500m. SPIKE-LR has Fire and Forget and Fire capability and can engage targets at up to 4000m. Both missiles can be fired from an enclosure.