India India calls off deal for Israeli anti-tank missiles

04:35  04 january  2018
04:35  04 january  2018 Source:   Hindustan Times

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JERUSALEM: India has called off an order to buy Spike anti - tank guided missiles from Israel 's state-owned defence contractor Rafael, the company said on Wednesday. The deal was worth about 0 million and the announcement of its termination came a couple of weeks before Israeli Prime Minister

JERUSALEM - India has called off an order to buy Spike anti - tank guided missiles from Israel ’s state-owned defense contractor Rafael, the company said on Wednesday. The deal was worth about US0 million and the announcement of its termination came a couple of weeks before Israeli Prime

a group of people in a rocky area © Provided by Hindustan Times Ministry of defence has called off an order to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel’s state-owned defence contractor Rafael, the company said on Wednesday.

The deal was worth about $500 million and the announcement of its termination came just a couple of weeks before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to visit India.

Indian officials had no immediate comment.

The countries have grown closer since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi rose to power in 2014, broadening commercial cooperation beyond their long-standing defence ties.

Modi became the first sitting Indian prime minister to visit Israel last summer, and Netanyahu will fly to India on Jan. 14.

“Rafael regrets the decision and remains committed to cooperating with the Indian ministry of defence and to its strategy of continuing to work in India, an important market, as it has for more than two decades, to provide India with the most advanced and innovative systems,” the company said.

Rafael, whose CEO will join Netanyahu on his trip, said the cancellation was made prior to the signing of the final contract and despite its compliance with all demands.

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