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30 Dec 15. India test-fires long range surface-to-air missile developed with Israel. India successfully test-fired on Wednesday a new long range surface-to-air missile capable of countering aerial threats at extended ranges, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes to enhance the country’s military capabilities.
India, which shares borders with nuclear-armed China and Pakistan, is likely to spend $250bn over the next decade to upgrade its military.
It is the world’s biggest buyer of defence equipment but Modi is trying to build a defence industrial base in the country to cut overseas purchases.
The test-firing of the missile system, jointly developed by India and Israel, was carried out by warship INS Kolkata, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
Defence industry sources told Reuters last year that the value of the Barak 8 project was $1.4bn.
The aerial defence system includes a radar for detection, tracking and missile guidance.
Only a small club of countries including the United States, France, Britain and Israel possess such capability, a Defence Research and Development Organisation spokesman said.
Israel is one of India’s top three arms suppliers, delivering items such as missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles, but such transactions were for long largely unpublicised because of India’s fear of upsetting Arab countries and its own large Muslim population. (Source: Reuters)
29 Dec 15. Indonesia approves purchase of KH-31, AIM-120 missiles. Key Points:
• Indonesia has approved USD38m in funds to acquire air-launched missiles
• Approval includes a possible inaugural purchase of AIM-120 missiles from the United States
An Indonesian parliamentary committee that oversees the country’s defence procurement budget has approved a request by the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara, or TNI-AU) to acquire air-launched missiles worth USD38m. A TNI-AU source told IHS Jane’s on 30 December that the systems approved for acquisition are namely the Kh-31A and Kh-31P short-range air-to-surface missiles (USD24m), the Kh-59ME powered stand-off weapon (USD18m), and the AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) (USD6m). (Source: IHS Jane’s)
28 Dec 15. India’s Reliance and Russia’s Almaz-Antey to collaborate on missile systems. India’s Reliance Defence Limited (RDL), a subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure, has signed an agreement with Russia’s Almaz-Antey to collaborate on developing and producing missiles and radars.
RDL said in a statement on 24 December that under the terms of the accord the two companies will “work jointly on [an] entire range of air defence missiles and radar systems that are required for the Indian defence forces”. RDL said the agreement will also feature collaboration on automated control systems. Missile systems identified by RDL for potential co-operation include Almaz-Antey’s 9K331M Tor-1M (SA-15 ‘Gauntlet’) surface-to-air missile (SAM) and S-400 Triumf (SA-21 ‘Growler’) SAM system. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/IHS Jane’s)
24 Dec 15. Slovakia replaces semi-automatic pistol inventory. Slovakia has signed a four-year framework agreement worth EUR22.92m (USD25m) on 16 December for the delivery of 46,600 semi-automatic pistols for its armed forces, police, customs officers, prison and court guards, and financial crime investigation services. It is the largest rearmament programme in the history of Slovakian security forces.
To meet its various requirements, Slovakia is buying handguns chambered in 9×19 Parabellum, along with accessories, from Czech company Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) and Austria’s Glock. Beretta and SIG Sauer (represented by local dealer Rapier) also bid for the requirement, but were unsuccessful.
Due to each of the services’ various needs, the tender was split into two parts, with