Israel, India Closing Radar Deal

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Indian navy plans to purchase two Israeli-manufactured radar systems, The Indian Express reported.

According to the report, India's navy wants to bolster its coastal defense system, following the terror attack in Mumbai last November.

Indian authorities believe the terror cell arrived by sea.

"While the acquisition was on the navy's shopping list for a long time, it was accelerated by the government after the Mumbai attack," the article stated.

The EL/M-2083 radar systems, manufactured by Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, can track low-flying aircraft within a 500 kilometer (311-mile) range.

The radar systems are housed in hot air balloons tethered to the ground.

"The biggest advantage of an aerostat radar is that it is not fixed and can be moved to any location on the basis of the current threat perception," an Indian navy officer said.

"It will give us the flexibility to deploy it on a need basis," he said.

The Indian air force has two of the aerostat radars and has ordered four more.

Each system costs between $20 to $30 million.

Source: Haaretz

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