Israel sells system to India

Israel will supply an upgraded air defense system to India after signing a $1.1 billion contract Nov. 9 during a visit to Israel by the head of India’s army, Gen. Deepak Kapoor, Reuters reported.

The state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. has promised to deliver the Barak-8 tactical air defense system to India by 2017. Israel is India’s largest defense supplier.

In August, the Indian cabinet approved a $1 billion deal with the Israeli government-owned Rafael Advanced Defense System under which the company will provide 18 of its SPYDER air defense system, which can intercept missiles in a 25-mile radius, by 2012. — jta