This post contains an INCOMPLETE list of the Israeli Arms deals with India since Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination Figures are hard to come by but a Guesstimate of 20 billion dollars of arms sales would be fair I think puts Rajiv Gandhis assassination in a whole new perspective doesn’t it ???
In the shadowy world of India’s weapon acquisitions, defence deals with Israel are particularly secretive ————Shiv Aroor Indian Journalist specializing in Defence matters
Try and get some internet information on Indian arms deals with the US Russia France or UK and although the information is scattered and a bit confusing YOU WILL GET FINAL INFORMATION of most arms deals with these nations.Try doing so with Israel and all you get is a load of Hasbara PR and some shoddy PR pieces with of course some honorable exceptions like http://ajaishukla.blogspot.in/ created by a retired Army Officer Ajai Shukla Another interesting blog is http://www.livefistdefence.com/ run by journalist Shiv Aroor Josy Joseph of Times of India and DNA is another reasonably go source Times of India and DNA are (or were) more balanced then the rest on Israeli arms deals
You will also get some mind numbing kosher drivel like THIS
Together forever? Protected and held by Rafael and Israel ? I cant stop laughing now imagine the fuss if a American or Russian company had come up with this kosher shit??
THIS IS A LIST OF INDIA ISRAEL ARMS DEALS AS OF 2007
CONCLUDED/ON-GOING CONTRACTS AS OF 2007
PHALCON AWACS (IAF) 1BILLION
BARAK MISSILE SYSTEM (NAVY) 270 MILLION
SPYDER LLQRM SYSTEM (IAF) 250 MILLON
GREENPINE LLT AND BM TRACKING RADAR (ARMY/IAF)
CRYSTAL MAZE STAND-OFF PGM (IAF)
HERON UAV (IAF/NAVY)
PYTHON AAM (NAVY)
ELTA EL/M-2032 FC RADAR FOR SEA HARRIER (NAVY)
EL/M-2083 AEROSTAT RADAR
SEARCHER-II UAV (IAF/ARMY/NAVY)
TAR-21 5.56MM ASSAULT RIFLE (ARMY/SF)
GALIL ASSAULT/SNIPER RIFLE (ARMY/SF)
INDIGENOUS AEW&C ADVISORY AND SUBSYSTEMS (DRDO)
F-INSAS INFANTRY MODERNISATION ADVISORY (DRDO/ARMY)
LAHAT TUBE MUNITION SYSTEM (ARMY)
GLASS COCKPIT KIT FOR HAL DHRUV (IAF)
SUPER DVORA MK-II PATROL BOAT (COAST GUARD)
UPGRADE PKG MIG-21 (IAF)
155MM CARGO AMMUNITION
INFANTRY SUPPORT SYSTEMS (NV DEVICES, TRITIUM SIGHT)
PROPOSED SYSTEMS UNDER JWG/UNDER EVALUATION AS OF 2007
MEDIUM-RANGE SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE (DRDO/ARMY/NAVY/IAF)
155MM 52-CALIBRE AUTONOMOUS & TOWED ARTY (ARMY)
SKYLITE-B MICRO-UAV / I-VIEW UAV (ARMY/SF)
LITENING POD FOR MIRAGE-2000/JAGUAR (IAF)
SPIKE MPATGM (ARMY)
DELILAH-II AR-MISSILE W/ LOITER CAPABILITY (IAF)
PYTHON AAM / DERBY AAM (IAF)
SPYDER LLQRM (ARMY)
GABRIEL MK-III ASHM (IAF/NAVY)
DESERT EAGLE/JERICHO HANDGUN (ARMY/SF)
NEGEV MACHINE GUN (ARMY)
MICRO-UZI/UZI M-PISTOL (SF)
UPGRADE PKGS MIRAGE 2000H, MIG-29, TU-142, MI-17 HELO
ANTI-BALLISTIC MISSILE SYSTEM
SUBMERGED LAUNCH VEHICLE
PGMS / BOMB GUIDANCE KITS
UAV/AUV TECHNICAL ADVISORY
As a comment by Abhiman correctly put it : India has indigenous systems in the offing, but the services prefer only imported hardware because of a premeditated bias :-
Heres a list of Weapons Israeli Systems —Corresponding Indigenous Indian Systems
1) Barak — Akash.
2) Spyder — Trishul.
3) UAV’s — Lakshya, MALE
4) Galil — INSAS
5) ABM system — PAD & AAD
6) SPIKE MPATGM (ARMY) — Nag
6) Greenpine — DRDO has developed indigenous Swordfish system.
7) MEDIUM-RANGE SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE — Again Akash (what was the earlier Barak for?)
THE 10000 CRORE MRSAM ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES(IMI) BRIBE SCAM 2009
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the defence firm that was awarded a controversial Rs10,000 crore contract for the joint development of medium-range surface-to-air missiles (MRSAMs), confirmed on Thursday that it had indeed signed the deal. But it made a surprising disclosure: the deal was kept under wraps at the insistence of the government of India.
The contract was signed on February 27, just days before the Lok Sabha elections were announced. IAI was told that premature disclosure could lead to problems, and even termination of the contract. The deal includes suspicious clauses, including one for the payment of 6% “business charges”, which many observers believe could be a CAMOUFLAGE FOR COMMISSIONS. The payment of commissions and middlemen are banned in Indian defence deals.
Following the DNA expose over the last three days, IAI had no option but to come out into the open.IAI told an Israeli daily that India had asked it to keep mum. DNA reports exposing controversial arms deal worth Rs 10,000 crore have forced the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to come out with the facts.According to a report in Globes, an Israeli financial daily, “IAI stated that it delayed announcing the contract until now because the customer (i.e., the Indian government) informed the company that early disclosure was liable to cause material difficulties in execution of the contract, and even result in its cancellation.” –
The report did not say why a formally negotiated deal between India and IAI, approved by the cabinet committee on security, should be cancelled just because it was made public. Adding further weight to suspicions that the deal may not have been entirely above board, IAI also said that “it felt that this risk (of the contract being cancelled) would be substantially reduced once the advance payment was received,” Globes reported. (Which means the Israelis felt that having paid the bribe the contract was as good as done)——————–In reports published between March 25-27, DNA exposed the dubious basis on which the contract was entered into despite specific defence ministry guidelines about dealing with IAI. The Israeli company is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the Barak missile deal in which bribes of Rs 400 crore were allegedly paid.
The missiles to be developed by IAI under the MRSAM contract are part of the same family.IAI said the new deal was worth $1.4 billion (Rs 8,000 crore) , which is its share of the Rs 10,000 crore contract. The Defence Research & Development Organisation gets the balance Rs3,000 crore.IAI said a part of the payment for the systems would be made during the development period, and the balance during the 66-month delivery period, Globes reported. According to the report, deliveries of the MRSAM would begin “90 months from the date the advance payment is received.” The report also said that no advance payment had yet been received.
THE IMI BRIBE SCAM AND BLACKLISTING OF IMI FOR 10 YEARS 2009
Israeli arms company IMI had been selected by an Indian Govt owned company OFB as its partner in setting up a factory in Nalanda, Bihar for the manufacture of Bi-Modular Artillery Charge (BMAC) systems for the Indian Army’s 155mm Bofors howitzers The project was worth INR 1,200 crore in 2009 (around USD 200 million in today’s terms).
Due to allegations of bribery the Indian Defense Minister AK Antony confirmed to Parliament on Tuesday, the recommendation of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for the blacklisting of six arms firms by the Ministry of Defense, Singapore Technologies, Israel Military Industries, TS Kissan and Company Private Limited and RK Machine Tools Private Limited, Rheinmetall Air Defence of Germany and a Russian firm called Cooperation Defence.Incidentally IMI had been blacklisted for the second time Based on the CBI recomendation IMI was blacklisted for 10 years In 2013 the Delhi High Court rejected a suit by IMI to withdraw the blacklist
2000 BARAK ONE MISSILE DEAL 270 MILLION DOLLARS The Barak missile system was jointly developed by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) and RAFAEL Armament Development Authority of Israel.On 23 October 2000, contracts had been signed by the Indian government to procure seven Barak systems at a total cost $199.50 million(1200 crore Rs ) and 200 missiles at a cost of $69.13 million. This was done despite objections raised by several groups, including members of the team that had originally visited Israe (l to observe the missile performance, and APJ Abdul Kalam, then heading the Defence Research Development Organization. Though some of the objections were of a procedural nature, the Navy Chief of Staff Sushil Kumar is currently under investigation as to why these objections were not considered.
THE BARACK MISSILE SCAM 2001
In 2001 a sting operation conducted by Tehelka alleged that 15 defence deals made by the government had involved some sort of kickback and the Barak missile deal was one of them. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigated the case and several people including the Samata Party ex-treasurer R.K. Jain were arrested. Others named in the First Information Report (FIR) include politicians George Fernandes and Jaya Jaitley, and arms dealer and ex-naval officer Suresh Nanda, who is the son of retired Chief of the Naval Staff S.M. Nanda The bribe amount Nanda got was allegedly 400 crore Rs) . The case was closed for lack of evidence with the deal having gone ahead inspite of DRDO and Abdul Kalams objections
2004 PHALCON AIRBORNE RADAR DEAL 3 RADARS SYSTENMS FOR ONE BILLION DOLLARS
In 2004 in the biggest ever arms deal till then India signed a deal for the supply of three Phalcon advanced early warning system aircraft to be mounted on Russian-made IL-76 platform for Indian Air Force. The deal was finally fully executed only in 2011 when the third and final Phalcon system was mounted on the Russian IL 76
THE PHALCON SCANDAL 2008
Even as CBI investigates kickbacks in the original Rs 1,160-crore Israeli Barak anti-missile defence system contract, dark clouds seem to be gathering over yet another major arms deal signed with Israel in March 2004.Haaretz on Thursday reported in detail about the deep links between the “agent”, whose name is under “a gag order”, and Moshe Keret, who was IAI chief for 20 years till 2005. The newspaper says the agent, who was handling the marketing of IAI in Russia since the early 1990s, was instrumental in clinching a Phalcon deal with China in 1996-97. Under the exorbitant deal, in which the agent was “paid several million dollars”, China was to get a Russian aircraft mounted with the Phalcon radar.The deal with China was ultimately scuttled under pressure from the US, and China received $375 million in compensation.But Israel and IAI found a new customer in the Phalcon deal, India, At FOUR times the Chinese price, a deal for about $1.1 billion ,” says the newspaper.
SOLTHAM UPGRADE OF BOFORS GUN SCAM 2004
CBI filed the FIR in April,2007,naming arms dealer Sudhir Choudhrie,Samata Party leader R K Jain and others They ALLEGEDLY influenced the MoDs decision in the contract for upgrade of 130 mm field guns to 155 mm.The contract was awarded for $471,524,137 (471 million dollars ) to Soltam Ltd,Israel. The CBI closed the case in 2011,saying it couldnt gather any evidence to substantiate its claims.The trial court ordered the ED to investigate the money trial to Choudhrie .Incidentally Soltam has been accused of bribing officials in Philippines and Kazakhstan according to a report in Haretz Source
THE (SPYDER )DERBY MISSILE DEAL WITH AIR FORCE
India’s new Tejas fighter will be armed with Israel’s Derby missile, according to Indian website LiveMint. The Derby is medium-range active-radar seeker air-to-air missile, that can hit targets at about 50 km. away. Missiles that can achieve this range are known by the acronym BVR – beyond visual range.
A contract for supplying the Derby will be signed by March with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Rafael will also fit the missiles on about 200 jets, according to P.S. Subramanya, director of India’s Aeronautical Development Agency, which is developing the light combat aircraft. Source Israel International News
THE (SPYDER )DERBY SCAM? 2011
The Indian Tejas light combat aircraft programme’s decision to arm the platform with Israeli Derby air-to-air missiles has already raised questions, both from rival missile makers (who have an interest, obviously, since the decision means lost potential business) as well as officials in government. To begin with, a question hangs over whether the selection of the Derby was based on a competitive bid process (sources say it wasn’t) by the Aeronautical Development Agency. Second, the rather adverse observations that India’s national audit watchdog made last year on Rafael’s supply of the same missile to the Indian Navy for its Sea Harrier limited upgrade package. An IAF officer wondered how such a deal could go through when the operational capabilities of the weapon had been specifically called into question. Source