India may buy Iron Dome from Israel

Click photo to download. Caption: The Iron Dome battery near Ashkelon. Credit: IDF.

( Israel may increase its cooperation with India on weapons development. In particular, India is seeking to buy and produce the Iron Dome missile defense system, according to Defense News. Although Israel agreed to sell Iron Dome to India, it has hesitated to give India a license to produce the technology itself. 

Israeli and Indian officials met in early December to discuss joint weapons development. Currently, Israel and India are jointly managing medium-range and long-range ballistic missile programs and building missiles of different types. One of these is the ground-to-ground land attack missile, whose efficiency both countries want to increase from 1,000 to 3,000 kilometers. 

Officials from both countries hope to create new joint development programs, including laser-guided missiles, specialized radar surveillance units and precision-guided munitions. India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is collaborating with three Israeli companies, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Elta and Rafael. It is still unknown if the two countries have finalized an agreement regarding any of these projects. 

Posted on December 13, 2012 .