Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has secured a contract from Indian state-owned company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the supply of additional air- and missile-defence systems for the Indian Navy (IN).
The USD777 million contract will see Barak-8 long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) systems being provided for seven IN vessels, the company announced on 24 October.
IAI's statement comes after BEL announced on 5 September that it had been awarded orders worth INR92 billion (USD1.28 billion) from two Indian shipyards to supply seven Barak-8 (also known as Barak LR) systems to be fitted onto an equal number of frigates currently under construction for the IN.
BEL pointed out at the time that the orders were placed by Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilder Limited (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).
Approval for the construction of the indigenously designed Project 17A frigates that will receive the LRSAM systems was granted by India's Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) in February 2015, with four of the multi-mission vessels set to be built by MDL and the remaining three by GRSE.
As Jane's previously reported, deliveries of the frigates are slated to commence with a pair of MDL-built hulls in August 2022 and February 2023, followed by hulls alternating from GRSE and MDL at six-month intervals until the last one is delivered by GRSE in August 2025.
In May 2017 BEL and IAI had signed a USD630 million deal for four LRSAM systems that are expected to arm the IN's three Project 15A guided-missile destroyers and eventually INS Vikramaditya , the IN's 44,750-tonne modified Kiev (Project 11430)-class aircraft carrier. Each platform is likely to be armed with 32 LRSAM missiles.
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