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Israel gets India’s order for advanced surface-to-air missiles

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 24, 2009

The Israeli government-owned Rafael defense company has secured a one-billion-USD deal to sell advanced surface-to-air missiles to the Indian Armed Forces, local daily The Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday.

Under the deal approved last week by the Indian cabinet, Rafael will supply 18 Spyder mobile missile systems by 2012, said the report, adding that Israel overtook Russia as the main supplier of defense systems to India last year.

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India Defense Minister: No corruption in Israel arms deal

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 4, 2009

India’s Defense Minister on Friday rejected reports that a $1.4 billion missile deal with Israel had been reached through bribery, branding the agreement as “clean.”

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The man who bribed Indians for Israeli arms sales

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 2, 2009

According to the reports, Choudrie and companies he owns are suspected of receiving large illegal commissions from billion-dollar arms deals involving Israeli arms sales to the Indian armed forces.

During the past year, Israel has overtaken France into second place (after Russia) in terms of arms supplies to India. In nearly 15 years of close defense collaboration between the two countries, Israel has sold arms, technical knowledge and advanced systems worth about $8 billion to New Delhi. During the past three years the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has conducted two major investigations against Choudrie and other arms dealers, who are suspected of receiving illegal commissions from Israeli firms, which they then supposedly used to bribe senior officials in the Indian army and navy. The deals, which were signed over a decade ago, also allegedly involved former Indian defense minister George Fenandes and concerned upgrading Indian artillery by the Israeli gun maker Soltam, and the sales of Barak sea-based air-defense missiles made by Israel Aerospace Industries and Rafael.

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US army: Israel has 200 to 400 nuclear warheads

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 29, 2009

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the existence of its own nuclear arsenal, but page 37 of the US Joint Forces Command report recognizes the fact, putting it in the same group as Pakistan, India, China, North Korea, Russia, along with an “emerging Iran,” Taiwan, and Japan having “the capability to develop nuclear weapons quickly.”

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