from the December 2009 issue

India buys upgraded Israeli air defenses for $1.1 billion

Israel has signed a $1.1 billion contract to supply an upgraded tactical air defense system to India, with delivery expected by 2017, an Israeli official said. The sale of the Barak-8 systems came as India's army chief, General Deepak Kapoor, held high-level talks in Israel, India's biggest defense supplier.

Made by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., the Barak-8 is designed for use aboard ships and can shoot down incoming missiles, planes and drones. The most advanced version can be also deployed on land, the Israeli official said.

India has already acquired an earlier generation of the Barak system, the official said.

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report December 2009

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