has not remained unaware to the growing threat of missiles and
weapons of mass destruction possessed by its neighbors. The
country is investing significant effort in the development and
acquisition a\of missile defense systems. Among these systems,
India acquired the Green pine radar systems from Israel, and
is working on indigenous missile defense program, based on the
Prithvi ballistic missile. A
first intercept performed by this missile was demonstrated
in November 2006. On a parallel path, India is also interested
in acquiring missile defense systems from Israel (Arrow)
or Russia (S-300) and
could also seek other systems, such as the US made THAAD, when
it becomes available for export.
continues its indigenously developed Akash air-defense missile
system, in anticipation for induction into the armed forces
in the near term. As the new missile is fielded, older missiles
such as the SA-3 (Pechora)
are expected to be retired. Other systems are being upgraded.
India will also field the Israeli Spyder missile system, comprised
of the Derby and Python 5 missiles operated from a single platform.
Other upgrades are provided for older Russian made systems such
as the ZSU-23/4 Shilka
self propelled anti-aircraft gun. Under a modernization program
unveiled at Aero-India, this system is receiving new propulsion,
and fire control system, based on an integrated multi-sensor
system developed under cooperation between Israel's IAI/MBT
and the Indian company Bharat Dynamics.
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