India test-fires long range surface-to-air missile developed with Israel

India test-fires long range surface-to-air missile developed with Israel

By Sankalp Phartiyal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India successfully test-fired on Wednesday a new long range surface-to-air missile capable of countering aerial threats at extended ranges, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes to enhance the country's military capabilities.

India, which shares borders with nuclear-armed China & Pakistan, is likely to spend $250 billion over the next decade to upgrade its military.

p> It is the world's biggest buyer of defense equipment yet Modi is trying to build a defense industrial base in the country to cut overseas purchases.

The test-firing of the missile system, jointly developed by India & Israel, was carried out by warship INS Kolkata, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement said.

Defense industry told Reuters last year that the value of the Barak 8 project was $1.4 billion.

The aerial defense system includes a radar for detection, tracking & missile guidance.

Only a small club of countries including the United States, France, Britain & Israel possess such capability, a Defence Research & Development Organization spokesman said.

Israel is one of India's top three arms suppliers, delivering items such as missiles & unmanned aerial vehicles, yet such transactions were long largely unpublicised because of India's fear of upsetting Arab countries & its own large Muslim population.

(Additional reporting by Jatindra Dash; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Military & DefensePolitics & GovernmentNarendra ModiIsraelIndia

Source: “Reuters”

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