IAF Avoids Israel, Goes Global for Aerostat Radars

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  1. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

    Dec 17, 2009
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    Indian Air Force Avoids Israel, Goes Global for Aerostats

    Nov. 1, 2012 - 02:23PM | By Vivek Raghuvanshi |

    NEW DELHI — The Indian Air Force is entering the global market to buy six additional aerostat radars for more than $400 million, a decision that avoids awarding a repeat order to Rafael of Israel.

    In the next one or two months, India will float tenders to Britain’s BAE Systems, U.S. companies Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, France’s Thales, Israel Aerospace Industries and Russia’s Rosoboronexport, sources said.

    The Indian Ministry of Defence agreed with the Air Force that fresh bids from the global market were better than giving repeat orders to Rafael. Air Force officials were not satisfied with the maintenance of two aerostat radars Rafael supplied, sources said.

    Specifically, one of the two aerostat radars supplied by Rafael in 2007 was damaged in inclement weather along the Pakistan border in 2009 and has yet to become operational.

    An Indian MoD source said Rafael demanded a high price for repair of the damaged radar, annoying the MoD.

    The radars were based on a 2005 contract for three radars, which was awarded on a single-vendor basis.

    Rafael executives in India were unavailable for comment on the accusations.

    The state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation is developing two home-grown aerostat prototypes. The total requirement is close to 30 in the next 10 years.

    Radars mounted on aerostats, or tethered balloons, provide long-range, low-altitude detection of hostile aircraft. The Air Force requires the aerostat radars, which can be raised to 15,000 feet above sea level.

    The aerostat radars to be purchased will include an advanced programmable radar, electronic intelligence, communication intelligence, V/UHF radio telephone equipment and identification-friend-or-foe technology. The radars will have a coverage area of 10 to 350 kilometers and be able to pick up targets ranging from ground level to 30,000 feet.

    In addition, the payload will include an air surveillance radar to detect missiles and fighter aircraft at various ranges, a surface surveillance radar and a combined surveillance radar for air and surface targets.

    “Both India and Pakistan are using aerostat radars, and the need for deployment of such systems has increased further to monitor of low-flying aircraft,” defense analyst Nitin Mehta said. “Each aerostat is capable of providing a three-dimensional, low-altitude coverage equal to more than 40 ground-based radars.”

    Even the Indian Navy is planning to deploy aerostat radars for surveillance along the coastal border, an Indian Navy official said.

    Indian Air Force Avoids Israel, Goes Global for Aerostats | Defense News | defensenews.com
  3. bhramos

    bhramos Elite Member Elite Member

    Mar 21, 2009
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    great news,

    but will it effect any future deals with Israel!!!!
  4. jackprince

    jackprince Turning into a frog Senior Member

    Mar 30, 2009
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    soon to be Bengalistan
    Not likely. IAF is annoyed with Rafael, not Israel. btw, IA already use Green Pine of ELTA which is subsidiary of IAI. They may be looking for EL/M-2083 Tethered which is based on Green Pine. AFAIK IA is quite satisfied with GreenPine.

    Further, putting it to global tender is good as it would ensure that the best system wins.
  5. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

    May 26, 2010
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    May be but we are going for too many RFI which are unreliable process and already proved to be a risky way of procurement..

    Given the elements like Mass corruption in defense and arms agents & dealers infested all three armed forces..
  6. agentperry

    agentperry Senior Member Senior Member

    Oct 24, 2010
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    to be more transparent one can go global tendering way but the real result is only through the select committee sitting in a closed room and giving out nothing but the final result of company being seelcted.
    there are allegations that israel is into lots of corruption and scams related to defence procurement and selecting the same israeli company through tendering will result in acquisition of weapon system and if there is a scam that will be pushed under the carpet avoiding domestic turbulence and blacklisting of israeli companies.

    this is just on viewpoint, in reality may be forces wants other player to participate or they might be willing to have a price negotiation with particular vendor

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