Rafael, Re­liance JV to man­u­fac­ture air de­fence sys­tems


Is­raeli com­pany Rafael with cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies in air de­fence sys­tems has tied up with Re­liance to man­u­fac­ture air de­fence sys­tems, which the com­pany is show­cas­ing at Aero In­dia 2017.

The Deputy Gen­eral Man­ager, Colonel Joseph Horowitz (Retd) told SP’s

M.A.I. that del­e­ga­tions from the In­dian Navy and the In­dian Air Force had vis­ited the pav­il­ion and ex­pressed in­ter­est in the air de­fence sys­tems — Iron Dome and C-Dome. He said the Iron Dome since its launch in 2011 had de­stroyed over 1,700 en­emy rock­ets. “We can­not find any mis­sile in the world with such a strike rate of 90 per cent.” He said that a week ago, Is­rael had de­stroyed a Ha­mas fired rocket with great ef­fect. He said the Iron Dome launcher was put on a Is­raeli ship re­cently and us­ing the ship’s radar, it was pos­si­ble for ‘tar­get de­tec­tion’ and ‘weapon al­lo­ca­tion’ in quick time. The com­pany was now work­ing on in­te­grat­ing the air de­fence sys­tem on ships. The Is­raeli Navy had worked on this sys­tem called the Closed-in Weapons Sys­tem. The sys­tem can de­tect sea-skim­ming threats, rock­ets and other en­emy mu­ni­tions.

The sys­tems, he said, would be re­quired in In­dia as the coun­try had huge as­sets to pro­tect not only on land but also on sea. He was hope­ful that these sys­tems would soon be ac­cepted by In­dia.

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