1. Narendra Modi government cancels Israeli missile deal worth $500-million, reason will make you feel proud

Narendra Modi government cancels Israeli missile deal worth $500-million, reason will make you feel proud

With an aim to make India a defence manufacturing hub, the Narendra Modi government has decided to cancel a $500 million deal for Spike ATGM with Israel, according to Indian Express report.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 21, 2017 8:27 AM
Israeli missile deal, narendra modi, india defence, india missiles, drdo, drdo missiles, modi government, indian army, army news, defence news, make in india, narendra modi, pm modi With an aim to make India a defence manufacturing hub, the Narendra Modi government has decided to cancel a 0 million deal for Spike ATGM with Israel, according to Indian Express report. (Representative image by Reuters)

With an aim to make India a defence manufacturing hub, the Narendra Modi government has decided to cancel a $500 million deal for Spike ATGM with Israel, according to Indian Express report. Instead of procuring it from Isreal, the Defence Ministry led by Nirmala Sitharaman wanted the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to indigenously develop and build a Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for the Army. It has been learnt that the deal was expected to be signed after price negotiations with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems of Israel were completed last year.

“DRDO has successfully produced the Nag and Anamika ATGMs. It is confident about providing the Army with an MPATGM of 3rd generation missile technology, at par with Spike, within three to four years. It won’t also need any transfer of technology,” Ministry sources told The Indian Express said.It has been learnt that the decision to cancel the deal was based on the consideration that importing a foreign ATGM at this stage would adversely impact the programme for indigenous development of the weapon system by DRDO. Earlier, India had also rejected an offer from US-based Raytheon-Lockheed Martin for Javelin ATGM in favour of the Israeli weapon system.

Earlier on May 28, Arun Jaitley, who took over the additional charge of Defnece Ministry after Manohar Parrikar had became Goa Chief Minister, had pitched for buidling indegenious equipment saying it is essential to deal with various security challenges like insurgency effectively. No country can secure itself by depending on others for its defence supplies, the minister said amid steps by the government to bring in private players in the sector, Jaitley had said.

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“We cannot change our neighbours. And our neighbourhood has thrown up security challenges. We are facing insurgency and war for the last 70 years. Therefore, India needs to become an important defence manufacturing hub,” he had said at the 9th convocation of the Defence Institute of Advance Technology (DIAT).

“If the economy requires us to become a manufacturing hub, then security requires us to become a hub for defence manufacturing. This is the area where the country will have to use the vast resources it possesses. We will have to use the large number of academic institutions we have for training minds and cover up the critical gap that still exists,” Jaitley had said.

The country has institutions like IITs, DRDO labs and a large number of private institutes which can help it achieve the goal, the minister said. “But the new India is a more confident India, it is not the defensive India. It is India, which is willing to globally integrate, share knowledge, get knowledge from outside,” he said.

  1. Kamlesh Desai
    Nov 21, 2017 at 6:14 pm
    You guys must be mad to think this is a good thing.
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      kushal kumar
      Nov 20, 2017 at 7:51 pm
      This Vedic astrology writer had divided the year 2017 into three groups for India in the light of near similarity of planetary impacts at different stage during the year. January to March , April to July , August to December were three groups. While dealing with August -September , categorized as having major worrisome concerns , the text also reads as : - “ Relations with friendly country or countries could be under strain over our not coming up to their expectations or vice versa. Some issues could come to surface in relation to defense deals and cause uneasiness”. These alerts for more care and appropriate strategy were widely issued to Indian news media last year in October and November 2016 in this writer’s article - “ Probable predictions for India in coming year 2017 ( also known as 2017- an opportune year for India with
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      1. Partha Sarathi
        Nov 20, 2017 at 12:20 pm
        The point is when and why this deal was originally signed ? We're we not aware at that time that we had the capability to produce this locally? Did we realize it just overnight? If the original decision was wrong then we have just reversed it by corrective action. If this is so then let us not make a virtue out of this correction of wrong decision. This only indicates either the government is ignorant of the defence Technology developments at our own organisations or had over looked and went ahead with the import deal and now realised it's error.
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          Sk
          Nov 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm
          Private players are most welcome
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            Sk
            Nov 20, 2017 at 12:06 pm
            Pricate players are most welcome
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              Ank
              Nov 20, 2017 at 11:19 am
              This is a great U-Turn. Why not. It is good to try and fail than not trying it al all. My wishes to DRDO. All the best to make India an important defence manufacturing hub.
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              1. Kamlesh Desai
                Nov 21, 2017 at 6:15 pm
                Please ask DRDO to make some good quality high fiber food for high al ude jawans first. Then missiles. Wake up.
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                franky
                Nov 20, 2017 at 11:07 am
                Next cancel and make deal with Ambani.
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                  AS
                  Nov 20, 2017 at 10:53 am
                  Rediff is best. Only expletives are deleted. You guys suck. I'll post there only. Moderator thanks for deleting my comment. Rediff is the best. Never deletes any comment.
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                    AS
                    Nov 20, 2017 at 10:49 am
                    This way no progress can be made in India. A tank to be made in India is different from assembled or purchased. India does not have high quality iron or cleansing processes. The expenditure involved to make heavy, worthy defense equipment is required. For e.g. developing marine grade steel was difficult and challenging and in the late 1990s, indigenizing manufacture of marine grade steel became high priority as the Indian Navy’s ship building programme gathered steam. Indian shipyards were spending several crores of rupees on importing marine grade steel. This way modernization will take 10 decades, means 20 simultaneous efforts of the consecutive governments. All infantry military divisions are eroding they keep on lurking behind the negative balance of previous governments. I read lot of newspapers. Rarely any deal goes past green signal. To achieve to announce are 2 different things. And BJP is no different from Congress. Few projects announced people start felicitating.
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                      Rav
                      Nov 20, 2017 at 9:48 am
                      Another tughkaq u turn by govt. And you want us to feel proud of it. What a joke!!!! They themselves signed the deal and called it patriotic and now they themselves cancelled the deal and again called it patriotic. There seems to be hidden reasons. Already Rafael deal is stinking.
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                        Philip EP
                        Nov 20, 2017 at 10:04 am
                        Yes.. something smells very very fishy here.. it's just like Chidambaram foresaw..
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                          Geo
                          Nov 20, 2017 at 10:58 am
                          Yes your mom was stinking too when she conceived you !
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                            Ank
                            Nov 20, 2017 at 11:22 am
                            Dear Rav - if you make a wrong decision or a wrong path, will you stick to it or take a U-Turn? Decisions like these take years to make and a lot of things change on ground in such a time. Feel Proud!!
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                              Mayank
                              Nov 20, 2017 at 11:25 am
                              I dont understand the mindset of you people. Before posting such comments think twice. Millions of dollar saved by doing this and thousands of youth will get job. It is you who stinks!!
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                                Jack
                                Nov 21, 2017 at 7:19 pm
                                Make a bad decision and then reverse it and all Bhakts start salivating.
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                              Jay
                              Nov 20, 2017 at 9:24 am
                              Great for MAKE in INDIA DEFENSE
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