India, Israel to Build Anti-Missile System

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Prithvi 2 missile launched
Prithvi 2 missile launched

India and Israel will jointly build an integrated anti-missile system to be deployed against Chinese nuclear and conventional missiles. Defense News reports from Defexpo.

The proposed missile defense program will see participation by Rafael and Israel Aircraft Industries in partnership with DRDO and state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

the Modular Integrated C4 Air Defense system from Rafael. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
the Modular Integrated C4 Air Defense (MIC4AD) system from Rafael. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update

The system will integrate the homegrown Prithvi air defense system, which is ready for induction next year, with the mobile detection radar being built by BEL in partnership with IAI. In addition, DRDO and BEL will work with IAI and Rafael for this program. An executive from Rafael said his company has offered to build a dedicated C4I system for the program. India does not yet have a C4I system for missile defense threats, the executive added

Indian MoD sources said talks have been underway on the integrated missile defense program for over six months, but gave no details on the program’s fate.

IAI/ELta Green Pine radar. Photo: IAI
Israel Aerospace Industries has developed the Super Green Pine radar to enhance its Arrow II ballistic missile defense systems. Green Pine radars have already been deployed in India, and are becoming part of the missile defense system evolving in the country. (Photo: IAI)