Israel Signs $1.4 Billion Contracts with India
India signed two contracts with IAI for the purchase of two Phalcon/IL-76
Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) and ten Heron TP UAVs
IsraelDefense | 25/11/2016
The News Fusion website reports that India signed two contracts worth $1.4bn
with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the purchase of two additional
Phalcon/IL-76 Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) valued at
$1 billion, and 10 Heron TP unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) during the recent
visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to India.
The contracts were signed in New Delhi on November 16, in the presence of
Brig. Gen. (ret.) Michel Ben-Baruch, Director of IMOD’s SIBAT Division, and
Indian Defense Secretary G. Mohan Kumar.
An official of the Indian Air Force said the purchase of two AWACS has been
pending for the past five years, and the deliveries should be made within
the next two to three years. “Phalcon AWACS are tremendous force
multipliers, and we are having an excellent experience with them,” the
A $400m contract for the purchase of 10 weaponized Heron TP UAVs was also
signed with IAI. Deliveries to the IAF are expected to be completed over the
next three years.
According to the official, the Indian Heron TPs will have very sophisticated
communication & intelligence systems, detection finders, signal parameters,
emitter classification, and geo-location capabilities, in addition to
electronic surveillance measures for long-range automatic detection and
identification of emitting targets.
The official added that Indian Heron TPs would be capable of launching
guided munitions and lightweight tactical missiles. Currently, the three
Indian Defense Forces operate around 60 Heron UAVs, but it is not known
whether they are weaponized or not. The three Indian Defense Forces have a
joint requirement of over 200 weaponized UAVs in the next ten years.
IAI has also given a proposal to India’s Defense Research and Development
Organization (DRDO) to co-develop an advanced version of Heron UAV in India.
However, the ruling National Democratic Alliance government wants all future
UAV requirements to be met through the Make in India initiative. Israeli
Searcher Mark I & II, Heron and Harop UAVs are currently used by Indian