Israel Aerospace signs $2b Indian missile deal

IAI Photo: Yaakov Saar
IAI Photo: Yaakov Saar

The largest defense contract in Israel's history includes a $1.6 billion contract from the Indian army for an advanced missile system.

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) announced today that it been awarded contracts in India totaling almost $2 billion. The deal includes a huge contract worth over $1.6 billion - the largest defense contract in Israel's defense industries' history, to deliver an advanced MRSAM air and missile defense system to the Indian Army.

The company will also supply additional LRSAM air and missile defense systems to be built in India for Indian aircraft carriers.

MRSAM is an advanced ground breaking air and missile defense system that provides the ultimate protection against a variety of aerial threats. In its existing version, MRSAM is operational with the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and 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 (DRDO) 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.

IAI president and CEO Joseph Weiss said, "Over the past 25 years, IAI has worked with the Indian defense 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 which are being developed with our local partners as part of the Indian Government's 'Make in India' policy. We continue to stand with our partners in India at the forefront of technology for the defense and security of both our countries."

He added: "This contract award also recognizes the professionalism of all of Israel's defense industries. We at IAI are proud to be leading this flagship project after a long and joint development process."

IAI EVP and general manager Systems, Missiles & Space Group Boaz Levi said: "Along with our partner in India, we will supply to the Indian Army an advanced, sophisticated and innovative system that will provide the best operational solution. This complex development, reflects technological innovation, creativity, vision and remarkable personal dedication of all those involved in the development of the system both in Israel and India."

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on April 6, 2017

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IAI Photo: Yaakov Saar
IAI Photo: Yaakov Saar
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