India Signs Rs 300 Crore Deal With Israel to Procure Advanced Version of SPICE-2000 Bombs Which IAF Used to Conduct Air Strikes In Balakot

India on Thursday signed a deal worth Rs 300 crore with Israel to acquire 100 SPICE Bombs with high explosive war heads for the Indian Air Force. The deal was signed under emergency provisions. The bombs which India is procuring are advanced version of SPICE-2000 bomb. According to reports, deliveries of these 100 bombs would be completed in the next three months. Pakistan’s F-16 Which Violated Indian Air Space Shot Down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with Mig-21 Bison; IAF Presents Cover of AMRAAM Missile As Evidence.

Interestingly, the IAF used these SPICE-2000 bombs while carrying out air strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) headquarters in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 in retaliation to February 14 Pulwama attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were martyred. Terror organisation JeM took responsibility for the attack. IAF Air Strikes in Pakistan: ‘We Don’t Count the Dead, Says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa After BJP Chief Amit Shah Claims Over 250 JeM Terrorists Killed in Balakot.

SPICE-2000 bombs when dropped, create hole in the rooftops and explodes inside the building killing all those present there. However, the advanced version which India is now procuring have the capability to decimate the enemy buildings. The SPICE bombs are manufactured by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. It is the first defence deal signed by the Narendra Modi government after returning to power in May this year.

(Picture Courtesy: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems)

Defence Ministry Approves Procurement of Anti-Tank Guided Missiles NAG Along With 127 mm Calibre Naval Guns

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Nag Missiles (Picture Courtesy: India.com)

The Defence Acquisition Council (ADC) led by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on April 27, approved capital acquisition proposals of over Rs 3,687 crore. The proposal included third generation Anti-Guided Tank Missiles (ATGMs), NAG missile system developed by Defence and Research Orgnisation (DRDO).  The NAG missile system (NAMIS) worth Rs 524 crore will give a big boost to indigenisation of defence products.

The NAMIS includes a third generation missile system, The NAG along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA). The NAG has the capabilities to destroy enemy tanks during day and night operations. This will strengthen the army’s capabilities.

According to a report published in The Economic Times, the Ministry of Defence cleared the procurement of 300 NAG missiles and 25 BMP – 2 ‘NAMICA’ carrier vehicles. The Indian Army is currently using second generation Milan 2T and Konur ATGMs. The Indian Army is currently looking for ATGMS which could strike enemy tanks with over 2.5 km range. The Indian Army needs around 8,000 third generation missiles.

Last year, the government scrapped proposed $500 miliion deal with Israel to procure 8,000 spike ATGMs as DRDO argued to deliver the NAG within four years.

Along with NAG Missile System, DAC also approved the procurement of thirteen 127 calibre guns for the Indian Navy. These guns would cost around Rs 3,000 crore. The ministry said, “These guns will be fitted on-board new construction ships for undertaking surface engagements including Naval Gunfire Support Operations. The guns will enable naval ships to provide fire support and engagement of targets on the land,” reported Economic Times.

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                            OTO Melara 127 MM Calibre Gun to be procured by the Indian Navy                                                 (Picture Courtesy: http://www.seaforces.org)

These guns have engagement range of 24 Km.  This range could be increased by using Extended Range Gun Munitions (ERGM). The Navy requires these guns since long. The guns would be procured from BAE Systems under the Buy (Global) category of the Defence Procurement Procedure.

 

DefExpo 2018: Indian Company Cyient Signs Deal With Israel’s BlueBird Eye to Produce UAVs

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                            Indian Company Cyient signed a deal with Israel-based BlueBird Eye                                       (Picture Courtesy: http://www.defencereview.com)

The DefExpo 2018 is organised with the aim of promoting domestic defence manufacturing industries. On April 11, an Indian company Cyient Solutions & Systems, a provider of engineering design, manufacturing, geospatial, networks, and operations management services to global industry leaders has signed a deal with Israel-based BlueBird Eye System, a leader in design, development, and production of micro, mini, and small tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to provide Unarmed aerial Vehicle (UAV) to Indian defence, paramilitary forces and police services.

Both the companies signed a joint venture agreement at DefExpo 2018. Cyient will hold 51% of the shares and 49% of the shares will be with BlueBird Eye System. The products like SpyLite, ThunderB, and MicroB systems that offer highly-innovative UAS (unmanned aircraft system) technology will be made in India. UAS technology can be used for covert and real time intelligence operations. Field trials of SpyLite were successfully conducted by Cyient Solutions and Systems. SpyLite’s will be useful in a tactical surveillance role at high altitude and in extreme weather conditions.

Cyient Solutions & Systems will indigenise, manufacture, assemble, integrate, and test advanced UAV systems at its production facilities in Hyderabad by utilising BlueBird’s technology and manufacturing know-how. Cyient in partnership with BlueBird Eye will also provide aftermath services, maintenance and support to the users across India.

Krishna Bodanapu, chief executive officer and managing director, Cyient, said, “The joint venture with BlueBird Aero Systems combines our design and manufacturing expertise to bring the best of UAV technology to the Indian defence industry. The joint venture also underlines the commitment of both partners to the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative,” reported The Times of India.
Ronen Nadir, founder & CEO, BlueBird Aero Systems, said, “We are proud to team up with Cyient in this joint venture that enables indigenisation, manufacturing, training, and support of our advanced, field-proven UAV systems in India. Bluebird is happy to transfer to Cyient Solutions & Systems the latest technology and knowhow to further enhance what we see as a long-term partnership for Indian UAV market.”