Close on PM’s Is­rael Visit, First Pvt Sec­tor Anti-Tank Guided Mis­sile Project Opened

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

timesin­ter­ Hy­der­abad: For years, the In­dian Army has been in dire need of the new gen­er­a­tion Anti-Tank Guided Mis­siles (ATGMs). It may have just got some re­lief as the first pri­vate sec­tor plant to pro­duce ATGMs was in­au­gu­rated here on Thurs­day. Kalyani Rafael Ad­vanced Sys­tems (KRAS), a joint ven­ture b e t we e n K a l y a n i S t r a t e g i c Sys­tems Lim­ited and Is­rael’s Rafael Ad­vanced De­fence Sys­tems, opened its fa­cil­ity in Hy­der­abad to­day. Un­der the joint ven­ture, Rafael’s SPICE air-to-sur­face mis­siles will also be man­u­fac­tured. Top of­fi­cials of the two com­pa­nies ex­plained that they are in dis­cus­sion with the In­dian Air Force for sup­ply­ing the SPICE mis­siles. They also said that if the In­dian ar med forces re­quire, the joint ven­ture will also pro­vide high­tech air de­fence sys­tems such as the Iron Dome and David’s Sling. Although the joint ven­ture was cre­ated in Fe­bru­ary, 2015, the open­ing of the man­u­fac­tur­ing plant is sig­nif­i­cant be­cause it comes close on the heels of PM Naren­dra Modi’s visit to Is­rael last month. The Is­raeli Am­bas­sador Daniel Car­mon who was present at the event ex­plained that joint de­fence de­vel­op­ment is a re­sult of PM Modi’s visit to Is­rael and this is be­ing done by the joint ven­ture.

(The re­porter is in Hy­der­abad at the in­vi­ta­tion of the Kalyani Group)

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