(JNS.org) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the $2.5 billion purchase of an advanced Israeli-made anti-aircraft missile system for India's army Wednesday.
“In a meeting of the cabinet committee on security headed by the prime minister, the proposal for procuring the MR-SAM air defense system for the army was approved and these would be deployed by the army,” a senior government source told India’s Mail Today.
The air-defense system, known in Israel as the Barak 8, was jointly developed by India’s Defense Research & Development Organization and Israel Aerospace Industries, and is designed to defend against airborne threats including aircraft, helicopters, anti-ship missiles, UAVs, cruise missiles and fighter jets at a strike range of about 30-45 miles. The system is scheduled to be deployed by 2023.
In addition to the Barak 8 system, Israel and India are also cooperating on a long-range surface-to-air system, which will be deployed on Indian Navy warships.