The Indian Army (IA) has approved the import of 240 Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike MR (medium-range) anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and 12 launchers as part of an ‘emergency purchase’ to meet immediate operational requirements.
Official sources told Jane’s on 16 April that the decision to acquire the Spike MR anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) was taken during the five-day bi-annual Army Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi that concluded on 13 April.
They said the equipment is being procured under the recently enhanced financial powers of IA’s Vice Chief of Staff, who now has the authority to acquire goods and materiel worth INR5 billion (USD71.8 million) without prior approval from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
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