India: India and Israel have signed an agreement to assemble a ballistic missile defense system (BMD). Jerusalem and New Delhi have concluded more than two years of negotiations with an agreement in principle to build a BMD system for India. The system will be designed to protect against nuclear warheads fired from China and Pakistan. The system will integrate Indian and Israeli assets into a layered defense network. The Indian Defense Ministry agreed to the project. But the two sides were preparing for contract negotiations that could extend to late 2014. Israel has long offered a partnership in BMD development, particularly the Arrow system by Israel Aerospace Industries. New Delhi began to express strong interest only in 2013 when Israel proposed a programme that would integrate and enhance Indian air defense assets. “Indians were looking for Israeli expertise and technology that would allow New Delhi to eventually work on its own in BMD. They were not interested in an off-the-shelf Arrow purchase,” said a spokesperson from Israel.
The initial agreement will include IAI as well as Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems with India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, Bharat Dynamics and Bharat Electronics. All of the participants are state-owned entities, and Bharat Electronics has developed the Prithvi air defense system, scheduled for deployment in 2015.
Source: World tribune