Govt to Clear demand of Navy to Re-stock Barak-1 missiles from Israel
A fortnight after India voted for a UNHRC resolution against
Tel Aviv on its Gaza offensive, the Modi government is moving the
cabinet committee on security (CCS) to buy 262 Barak-I anti-ship missile
systems and spares, costing nearly Rs. 1,000 crore, from Israel.
The purchase was cleared by defence acquisition council under then defence minister AK Antony last December.
South Block sources said the CCS note was moved this week for the
purchase of the missiles from Israel Aircraft Industries and Rafael
Advanced Systems of Israel. Both firms were probed by the CBI in 2006
for a Rs. 1,100 crore missile deal in 2000 under the previous NDA regime
and were black-listed by the UPA regime.
However, the ban on purchase of Barak missiles was lifted by Antony
after the Navy raised a hue and cry about protection of its warships
from anti-ship missiles.
“India needs Barak missiles to arm its aircraft carriers and
front-line warships against strike aircraft and anti-ship missiles. The
Barak will be fitted on at least 14 Indian warships and the newly
acquired Vikramaditya,” said a South Block official.
Source : Hindustan Times/defenceradar