India to purchase Russian bombs, Israeli missiles
New Delhi, January 03, 2018 (PPI-OT):Continuing with its hegemonic designs in the region, India will acquire precision-guided bombs from Russia and Barak missiles from Israel. Indian Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, has cleared two procurement deals worth Rs 1.714 billion to acquire 240 precision-guided bombs from Russia and 131 Barak missiles from Israel. The “smart” KAB-1500 laser-guided bombs will be procured from M/s JSC Rosoboron Exports (Russia) for Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets.
The 131 additional Barak-I missiles to be acquired from M/s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd (Israel) are meant to arm the earlier version of the anti-missile defence systems fitted on 14 Indian warships. While the Barak-I system has an interception range of 9-km, the next-generation Barak-8 system now being fitted on other frontline warships like the Kolkata-class destroyers has a kill range of 70-km.
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