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The Indian Air Force will in the next few weeks deploying Israeli SPYDER air defence missile system

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  1. lca-fan

    lca-fan Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    The Indian Air Force will in the next few weeks finish weaving a security web with the Israeli SPYDER air defence missile system on the western borders.


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      The SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) is a low-level, quick reaction missile (LLQRM).
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      It can neutralise hostile targets up to 15 km away and at heights between 20 and 9,000 metres.
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      The induction process was delayed by over three years.
    The Indian Air Force will in the next few weeks finish weaving a security web with the Israeli SPYDER air defence missile system on the western borders in a bid to strengthen its preparedness to strike down any aerial threat from Pakistan.

    The induction process was delayed by over three years due to the nonavailability of Czech-made Tatra trucks on which the missiles were to be carried.

    "The SPYDER missile system is already in the process of deployment along the western borders where it will help in tackling any aircraft, cruise missile, surveillance plane or drone that tries to violate our airspace," senior defence sources told MAIL TODAY.

    WHAT IS SPYDER?

    The SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) is a low-level, quick reaction missile (LLQRM) to neutralise hostile targets up to 15 km away and at heights between 20 and 9,000 metres. The Python-5 is currently the most capable air-to-air missile (AAM) in Israel's inventory, while the Derby is an active radar homing AAM that provides the SPYDER missile system with a fireand-forget option.

    "The IAF will use the SPYDER along with the made-in-India Akash surface-to-air missile which has a little longer effective range of 25 km as part of a layered approach to defend vital assets and locations in the country," the sources stated.

    DEAL MADE IN 2008

    The SPYDER deal was completed by the IAF with Rafael and Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) in 2008 and supplies were to begin in three to four years. But the process got delayed due to the unavailability of the Tatra trucks, which got mired in a controversy over bribery allegations.

    "Due to the lack of heavy specialised trucks, changes had to be made in the contract with the vendors and a made-in-India truck has been used for carrying the SPYDER system, which has been tested extensively resulting in delays," the sources said.

    Both the SPYDER and Akash are all-weather missiles and the process to seek and engage an aggressive aircraft or missile is automatic. Besides aircraft and UAVs, they can also neutralise lowlevel cruise missiles.

    The IAF has taken a slew of measures to strengthen its air defence capabilities in the recent past as it is also going to deploy another air defence system called the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) system from Israel, which can strike down targets at 50-70km.

    The force would receive a major boost when it starts getting the S-400 air defence missile system from Russia, which can take out targets at 400 km and can be very effective against enemy AWACS (Airborne Warning And Control System) and cruise missiles at great distances.
    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/...rael-air-defence-missile-system/1/893019.html
     
  2. Inactive

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    Great news! And good progress.

    I will not say under Modi exclusively here as it was in offing ... but great work all around and kudos to present government for going full steam ahead.
     
  3. Aqwoyk

    Aqwoyk Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    how many missiles in total?
     
  4. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Captain Technical Analyst

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    We had signed for a total of 6 SPYDER MR systems with 300 Python 5 and 300 Derby Missiles.
     
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  5. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Captain Technical Analyst

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    Corrections.

    The deal was for "MR" system which has a maximum engagement range of 35 km and maximum engagement altitude of 16 km.
     
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