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India wants license to produce Iron Dome - report
Globes Israel ^ | 12 December 12 | Ran Dagoni

Posted on 12/15/2012 11:22:51 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki

India wants license to produce Iron Dome - report

"Defense News": Israel is uncertain whether to let India have the technology to produce the rocket interception system.

Israel and India are discussing cooperating in the development of weapons systems. "Defense News" reports from New Delhi that one of the aspects of this trend is India's wish to procure and manufacture the Iron Dome system against short-range missiles. During a visit to India last week, Ministry of Defense director general Udi Shani discussed with India's Defense Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma the progress of current defense projects by the two countries and plans for potential projects. "Defense News" said that Israeli diplomats in India and Israeli government officials and defense industry sources declined to comment on the report.

The discussions on the Iron Dome system focused on India's wish to procure it on a "buy and build" basis; in other words, to procure the Iron Dome and obtain a license from Israel to manufacture it. An Indian source said that Israel had agreed to sell the system to India, but was hesitant about selling to India the technology needed to manufacture it. The report did not say whether the US would agree to the proposed deal.

Current Israeli-Indian projects include development of a medium-range ballistic missile and development of a long-range ballistic missile at a combined cost of $2 billion. The two countries are also developing a ground-to-ground missile. India media reports say that this is a program of India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), but that, in practice, Israel is a partner through three companies: Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1), its subsidiary Elta Sytems Ltd., and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., according to sources quoted by "Defense News". Shani and Sharma discussed extending the range of this missile from 1,000 kilometers to 3,000 kilometers.

The list of future projects discussed included a plan to develop aircraft-launched micro-satellites, and plans to develop laser-guided missiles and munitions. According to an Israeli defense source, other possible plans include specialized radar systems, such as an airborne system for Indian-made light combat planes, and a long-range system for tracking ballistic missiles. At this stage, it is not known whether the parties reached a final agreement during Shani's visit about which projects will go ahead.

Shani and Sharma also discusses delays in the joint project to develop a long-range naval missile to protect India Navy ships from aerial attack. The $600 million project, begun in 2005, is still in the testing stage, even though it was supposed to be ready by mid-2012. IAI is the Israeli contractor in this project. The missile was tested in Israel in July. Sources said that the missile would probably be operational in mid-2014.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aerospace; india; irondome; israel; waronterror

1 posted on 12/15/2012 11:23:01 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Well atleast the Indians want to go the legal way not copy paste like some do...


2 posted on 12/15/2012 11:39:41 PM PST by coldphoenix
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To: coldphoenix

Sounds weird to me.

Not like India wants a license but that it needs the R&D knowledge that Israel already has, and knows jolly well that if they had to do it themselves it would take years.

But India has a wonderful reason for wanting to be able to do this. At home.

When it’s Moose limbs vs. dot heads, I tend to cheer for the dot heads. They usually are peaceable enough in the larger world outside India, though like any people group you can get some rotten ones.


3 posted on 12/15/2012 11:57:02 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks sukhoi-30mki.


4 posted on 12/16/2012 1:27:18 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

My note to Bibi:

Not only NO, but Hell, No!!


5 posted on 12/16/2012 7:51:25 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

Then I guess you don’t know much about Israeli-India relations. What India wants from Israel, India pretty much gets ! The only haggling will be on the price. This relationship is far,far more closer than it appears.


6 posted on 12/16/2012 5:51:41 PM PST by cold start
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