15 October 2018 - 7 Heshvan 5779 - ז' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd (IAI) announced in April that it had been awarded contracts in India totalling almost US$2 billion.

The deal includes a contract worth over US$1.6 billion – the largest defence contract in the history of Israel’s defence industries – to deliver an advanced Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) air and missile defence system to the Indian Army. IAI will also supply additional Long-Range Surfaceto-Air Missile (LRSAM) air and missile defence systems to be built in India for Indian aircraft carriers.

MRSAM is an advanced ground-breaking air and missile defence system that provides the ultimate protection against a variety of aerial threats. In its existing version, MRSAM is operational with the Indian Air Force, the Indian Navy and the Israel Defense Forces. The system includes an advanced phased-array radar, command and control, mobile launchers and missiles with advanced RF seekers.

MRSAM was developed jointly for the Indian Army by IAI and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization in collaboration with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd and IAI’s ELTA unit, as well as Indian companies including BEL, L&T, BDL and other private vendors.

“Over the past 25 years, IAI has worked with the Indian defence industries and armed forces in many areas as part of our strategic partnership. The current contracts represent an enormous expression of confidence by the government of India in IAI’s capabilities and advanced technologies that are being developed with our local partners as part of the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ policy,” commented Joseph Weiss IAI President and CEO.

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