Rafael Seals Deal with India to Buy Spike Anti-Tank Missiles

Defense News reports: NEW DELHI — India is moving forward with a $1 billion purchase of Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel, overlooking the single-vendor situation in the deal, according to an Indian Ministry of Defence official.

The MoD postponed the purchase because it would be made with a single vendor, which has been discouraged multiple times under India’s defense procurement policy, according to news organization IHS Jane’s 360. Apart from the single-vendor situation, the Spike deal since 2014 has also been deferred over costs, which has now been cleared, the MoD official said.

“MoD has now forwarded the deal to the Cabinet Committee of Security, which is likely to clear the same (deal) this week” on March 29, the official said. “The deal could then be signed after next month.”

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