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MOSCOW, August 24. (ARMS-TASS). After a lengthy evaluation period the Ministry of Defense of India approved a contract for the purchase of new mobile SAM QRSAM (Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile), designed to provide air defense units, armored columns, as well as key infrastructure, the ground forces of the country, reports the Times of India " .
The program QRSAM planned to buy complexes worth nearly 40 billion rupees (about 820 million dollars) to equip three regiments.
Council for Defense Procurement, chaired by Defense Minister AK Anthony discussed the purchase of complexes last week. Despite the absence of official statements, according to sources, the Times of India ", the winner was the Israeli company Rafael, which offered short-range mobile SAM system" Spider ".
The decision to purchase the Israeli complex was taken due to the fact that established by the Defense Research and Development (DRDO) of India Ministry of Defense, national short-range SAMs, Trishul and Akash does not satisfy the requirements of the Army.
The program to buy complexes QRSAM, intended to replace the systems operated Osa-AKM and Strela-10M Soviet production is carried out over the last few years, but the MoD did not give approval to the signing of a contract for the supply of SAM "Spider" because of the continuing against Israeli firms IAI and Rafael "investigation of corruption in the procurement of SAM Barak-1 at a cost of 11.60 billion rupees. Despite the suspicions, the Indian government failed to make the Israeli companies in the "black list" and continued implementation of critical importance to the country's defense of joint projects.
In particular, in late August last year, the Defense Procurement Board approved an agreement for the purchase of SAM "Spider" for the Indian Air Force. The contract with Raphael for the supply of the country's air force 18 Mobile "Spider" was signed on Sept. 1, 2008. The total cost of the agreement amounted to 260.05 million dollars (about 11377,1875 billion rupees). It is planned that the supply of SAM "Spider" will start in 2,5 years since the signing of the agreement and will be completed in four years.
ZRK "Spider", developed by a consortium of Israeli companies, Rafael and IAI, is a mobile all-weather complex near radius of action, designed to detect and destroy aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles, UAVs and precision munitions. The complex can be used for air defense of strategic facilities, including military bases, points of contact, nuclear power plants, government and other buildings.
Launchers oblique launch SAM "Spider-SR", mounted on a wheeled chassis 6x6, calculated to four missiles. As a weapon uses a combination of ground-based version of SD medium-range Derby air-to-air missiles with active radar-guided missiles and "Python-5 short-range with IR guidance. SAM can be operated in the mode of capture target before launch and after launch SAM-type "fire-and-forget" or with the correction of target data in flight. Time embattled after detection of the target is 5 seconds.
Model division "Spider" consists of one item, a mobile command and control fire, and four to six mobile launchers with optical sensors TOPLITE. Item management is equipped with Three-radar EL/M-2106 ATAR development IAI / "Elta, capable of simultaneously tracking 60 targets at range 35 km, and two terminal operator with data transmission systems to exchange information with rocket launchers, SAMs and neighbors command a higher level of 100 km distance.
ZRK "Spider-SR" is capable of hitting targets in the Gaza 360 deg. at a range of 1 to 15 km and a height of 20 m to 9 m. The system is capable of thousands of hit singles and team goal at any time and any climatic conditions.
"Rafael has also developed a SAM Spider-MR" medium-range missiles, which can hit targets within a radius of 50 km at an altitude of 20 m to 16 km. Unlike "Spider-SR", launched "Spider-MR" equipped with 8 vertical launch missiles. Missiles launched from the use of boosters. In addition, in the "Spider-MR" is a new radar MF-STAR joint IAI / "Elta with a range of up to 100 km. Time shelling target after its detection is 2 seconds.
In addition, the company currently Raphael, together with Indian companies launched a joint project to establish working for the Army of India ADMS medium / long-range (MR / LR-SAM) of new generation, the potential cost that could reach 100 billion rupees (2 , 5 billion).
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