New Delhi: After Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit in India and Modi-Netanyahu friendship relation brings both country much closure. Israel confirms already that they help India in defence sector.
According to a report in Israeli newspaper, India is to purchase as many as eight thousand Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from Israel.
Spike is an Israeli fourth generation man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile and anti-personnel missile with a tandem-charge HEAT warhead, developed and designed by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Spike is a fire-and-forget missile with lock-on before launch and automatic self-guidance. The missile is equipped with an imaging infrared seeker.
Quoted an Indian report, the Israeli newspaper also said that the purchase will take place through the so-called government to government (G to G) route because the military wants the proven weapon.
The missile purchase deal is worth $500 million was done by highest level just days before Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visit to India next week for trade talks which will also cover defence sales.
According to Israeli newspaper report Israeli Foreign ministry deputy director general for Asia, Gilad Cohen, declined to answer questions on the Spike missiles in his briefing to journalists in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Arutz Sheva reported added that Israel is a major weapons supplier to India, selling it an average of $1 billion of military equipment each year.
Spike missiles are widely used by the Israeli Defence Forces and are exact guided missiles that can be fired from various land, air, and sea platforms, from up to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) away from a target.