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Rafael's Spike anti-tank missile launcher.

India has chosen to purchase Israel’s Spike anti-tank missiles, made by Rafael, after rejecting a competing offer for US Lockheed Martin’s Javelin missiles, according to a Reuters report.

India will buy 8000 missiles and 300 launchers from Israel.

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Faced with attacks from Pakistan and tension with China, India wants to the weapon’s procurement deal to go through fast.

Spike is an Israeli fourth generation portable fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile. The Spike missile works by locking onto its target before launching. Some variations allow for the operator to make in-course corrections, and even choose new targets mid-flight.

The missile uses a double warhead, the first to detonate any explosive reactive armor and the second to destroy and penetrate the underlying armor.

India is currently the world’s largest arms buyer, so hopefully, Israel will see many more deals in the future.

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69 COMMENTS

  1. I wish things like this were not published…..in the past when israel has made business deals with other countries and the US ‘lost out’, the U.S. took it out on Israel and forced her to cancel the deal….best to just keep it quiet..no reason to brag and chance the ‘wrath’ of the U.S.

  2. So very glad to see India buying arms from Israel. I just realized that there is something very special about India. Since millenniums, India has accepted and protected the Hebrew refugees when they fled from countries that persecuted them. Bk of Esther 1.1. King Ahasueras ruled form India to Ethopia, and in Esther 5.3 her husband King Ahasueras said to her I will give you even half of my kingdom. Surprisingly, India was included in this part of the Kingdom that he gave Esther even though today history mentions West Pakistan, but actually the whole of Pakistan was a part of India until the split by the British in 1947. The ancient Hebrew name in the Torah for India is Ho’du meaning “give praise and thanks to God”. Blessings on Israel. We love you.

  3. When the IAI Israel Aircraft Industries began to make Israel’s own fighter jet the LAVIN, much better than the american fighter jet F 15, the US was afraid to have a competitor forced to cancel the production of the LAVIN, remember last war with Hamas the US started the embargo of weapons to Israel, Israel has to start to make own made weapons, with not the need to beg to any foreign country to get weapons for the own security.

  4. This is really a great news.India can never forget Israel’s help during the Kargil war of 1999 when Israel rushed munitions to India on short notice and the US was reluctant to even provide satellite images of the enemy positions.US is a very untrustworthy ally especially when you have a war going.Thankfully India will have its own global positioning system very shortly.Indians are great fans of Israel and an overwhelming majority of them have a favorable view of Israel.Lond live Indo-Israel friendship.

  5. I wish things like this were not published…..in the past when israel has made business deals with other countries and the US 'lost out', the U.S. took it out on Israel and forced her to cancel the deal….best to just keep it quiet..no reason to brag and chance the 'wrath' of the U.S.

  6. So very glad to see India buying arms from Israel. I just realized that there is something very special about India. Since millenniums, India has accepted and protected the Hebrew refugees when they fled from countries that persecuted them. Bk of Esther 1.1. King Ahasueras ruled form India to Ethopia, and in Esther 5.3 her husband King Ahasueras said to her I will give you even half of my kingdom. Surprisingly, India was included in this part of the Kingdom that he gave Esther even though today history mentions West Pakistan, but actually the whole of Pakistan was a part of India until the split by the British in 1947. The ancient Hebrew name in the Torah for India is Ho’du meaning “give praise and thanks to God”. Blessings on Israel. We love you.

  7. When the IAI Israel Aircraft Industries began to make Israel's own fighter jet the LAVIN, much better than the american fighter jet F 15, the US was afraid to have a competitor forced to cancel the production of the LAVIN, remember last war with Hamas the US started the embargo of weapons to Israel, Israel has to start to make own made weapons, with not the need to beg to any foreign country to get weapons for the own security.

  8. I hope that Israel and India will cooperate in developing cutting edge weapon systems, including fighter jets, so that they will never be dependent of a fickle ally like the confused USA!

  9. This is really a great news.India can never forget Israel's help during the Kargil war of 1999 when Israel rushed munitions to India on short notice and the US was reluctant to even provide satellite images of the enemy positions.US is a very untrustworthy ally especially when you have a war going.Thankfully India will have its own global positioning system very shortly.Indians are great fans of Israel and an overwhelming majority of them have a favorable view of Israel.Lond live Indo-Israel friendship.

  10. Faleen, I apologize if I hurt your feelings. However, I believe Israel must take a very pro-active and highly public position whenever the Jewish nation develops partnerships with democracies, and India fits that category. Because the highly public scorn by Obama and Kerry against Israel has caused nearly irreparable harm, Israel needs to be in a crisis management mode, and publicizing strategic partnerships with other nations will go a long way in helping dilute the international assault that Israel has been experiencing.

    Note that whenever arms deals are made, that news always gets published, not only in mainstream publications but trade publications and news sites relative to global arms dealing.

  11. Faleen, I apologize if I hurt your feelings. However, I believe Israel must take a very pro-active and highly public position whenever the Jewish nation develops partnerships with democracies, and India fits that category. Because the highly public scorn by Obama and Kerry against Israel has caused nearly irreparable harm, Israel needs to be in a crisis management mode, and publicizing strategic partnerships with other nations will go a long way in helping dilute the international assault that Israel has been experiencing.

    Note that whenever arms deals are made, that news always gets published, not only in mainstream publications but trade publications and news sites relative to global arms dealing.

  12. Bryan Nerone
    If this is the Israel that is called “God’s People,” they need no man’s help. I am standing with them, Israel. The United States has been taken over by Satan himself, Sammy Soetoro.

  13. Bryan Nerone
    If this is the Israel that is called "God's People," they need no man's help. I am standing with them, Israel. The United States has been taken over by Satan himself, Sammy Soetoro.

  14. In this age of the electronic media there is no more “secrets” out there. Whether this article was published or not, the info would be in the internet in seconds. Why worry about the US “wrath’ as she has proven herself today not to be a dependable ally to Israel?

  15. One must wonder: how much technology has Israel stolen from the US over the past 40 years? Just consider all joint research projects that the Israelis have benefited from. Of all the world’s nations, probably only China has stolen more US technology than Israel, though no one knows for sure.

    Plus, there’s the state-of-the art weaponry that US companies are forced to share with Israel due to edicts from Washington. All this is called ‘foreign aid’. Israel gets more than any country in the world.

    The US ‘alliance’ with the Jewish State is a one-way street.

  16. What a clueless comment. Knowledge knows no borders, and your complaint should be directed to the Chinese computer hackers who lay your extensive research bare, and not to Israel, who helps you on any human endeavor there is to have had.
    It’s incomprehensible that the Obama administration is so supportive of the Pals who hate and damage US interests, rather then Israel, which is a true friend of the USA, the only one in the Middle East, they could ever truly rely on.

  17. What a clueless comment. Knowledge knows no borders, and your complaint should be directed to the Chinese computer hackers who lay your extensive research bare, and not to Israel, who helps you on any human endeavor there is to have had.
    It's incomprehensible that the Obama administration is so supportive of the Pals who hate and damage US interests, rather then Israel, which is a true friend of the USA, the only one in the Middle East, they could ever truly rely on.

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