Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Indian Army chooses Spyder surface-to-air missile system

Armys long-pending case for new air defence weapons to protect its tanks and troops as well as vital areas and installations from aerial threats has finally got a boost, with the the defence ministry giving the green signal for the various projects.

With the indigenous Akash and Trishul air defence projects not meeting its user-requirements, the Army for instance is now on course to procure three regiments of quick-reaction surface-to-air missile (QR-SAM) systems from Israel for around Rs 4,000 crore.

The Defence Acquisitions Council, chaired by defence minister A K Antony, discussed the entire matter on Monday. Though there was no official word, sources said the Israeli SpyDer QR-SAM systems had been selected for the project. IAF, incidentally, is already well on its way to induct 18 SpyDer systems, at a cost over Rs 1,800 crore, to plug gaps in its own air defence capabilities.

The projects were in a limbo for quite some time now, with one of the main reasons being the naming of Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael in the Rs 1,160-crore Barak-I deal kickbacks case by the CBI.

The government, however, was reluctant to blacklist these Israeli armament firms because it held that it would prove counter-productive since there were several crucial defence projects underway with them.

The deal, worth $1 billion, was reportedly approved by the Indian cabinet yesterday.

The SPYDER-MR system: Medium Range Air Defense Missile System

Rafael to supply SPYDER SAM systems to Indian Air Force


to Asian defense

can you please tell me that what is spyder MR,SR

does it mean MR is derby missile
and SR is python5 missile

also was any other systems was evaluated or not

but this systems seems to be cool cuz its got two type of missiles

or are there better point defense systems in the world or how does it compares to the one short range air defense system acquired by Pakistan


Both SPYDER-SR and SPYDER-MR ADS uses Derby, an active radar Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile and the Python 5, a sophisticated dual band Imaging Infra Red (IIR) missile. But in case of SPYDER-MR both missiles are equipped with a booster for long range.

SPYDER-SR's kill range is specified as being less than 1km to more than 15km. The altitudes range from a minimum of 20m to a maximum of 9,000m.

SPYDER-MR, has a range 50km with altitudes from 20m to 16km. SPYDER-MR carries eight missiles while SPYDER-SR has four.

For details you can check the links above

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