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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.

For full article, visit http://eng.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/international-military-news/2009-08/24/content_4027318.htm

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Iron Dome missile defense system likely to be ready by 2010

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

An analysis of Katyusha rockets fired by Hezbollah during the Second Lebanon War of 2006 showed that only 1,000 rockets (25 percent of all rockets launched) landed in populated areas. Rafael says that if Iron Dome had been operational at the time of the war, the majority of those missiles could have been shot down at a cost of tens of millions shekels, a negligible amount when compared to the loss of life, destruction of property and strategic damage actually caused by Hezbollah.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077218.html

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.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076209.html