Weeks after scrapping a USD1 billion tender, India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is seeking to revive plans to acquire the Israeli Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Spike anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) for the Indian Army (IA).
Official sources told Jane’s on condition of anonymity that the IA has prevailed upon the MoD to execute part of the terminated tender by importing 5,500-odd Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and 275 launchers via an inter-governmental agreement (IGA), instead of a commercial deal with Rafael.
They said, however, that the transfer of technology being negotiated earlier to licence-build about 30,000 ATGMs would not be part of the IGA, which is likely to be progressed during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s four-day India visit beginning 14 January.
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