Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on May 21, 2017, it has been awarded an additional, $630 million- contract for supply of LRSAM air and missile defense systems for four ships of the Indian navy. The contract will be carried out, for the first time, with the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), which serves as the main contractor in the project as part of India’s ‘Make in India’ policy. Prior to signing the contract, the system was successfully tested last week in India as part of operational interception trial aboard India’s navy ship, demonstrating again the system’s operational capabilities in a representative scenario with genuine target.
The trial scenario started with the launch and engagement of the target. The MFSTAR radar aboard the Indian naval ship has identified the air-borne threat and has tracked it over its flying course. The data was sent to the command center of the weapon system which launched the intercepting missile into orbit. Having been successfully launched, the missile has navigated itself to the target. During its flight, it engaged the target, aligned its course, hit it and destroyed it. All components of the weapon system have successfully met the goals set to them.
Joseph Weiss, IAI President and CEO, said, “The new contract adds to other deals signed in the last decade by IAI with India’s defense forces, reinforcing IAI’s global leadership position in air and missile defense systems. The inclusion of Indian governmental company BEL for the first time, is a step up in our relationship with the Indian industry as part of the ‘Make in India’ policy. This unique project represents the close collaboration between India’s DRDO, IAI and the defence forces of both countries. We will proceed to implementing it with joint efforts.”
LRSAM provides the ultimate protection against a variety of aerial, naval and air born threats and is operational with the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Israel Defense Forces and in the near future with Indian Army.