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  • Writer's pictureAman Sri

Indian Army to get Made in India "Spike ATGMs "

In a significant move to enhance its anti-tank capabilities, the Indian Army has recently placed orders for cutting-edge Israeli anti-tank guided missiles (ATMs). These missiles, known for their extended range and enhanced armor-penetration capabilities, are set to bolster the Army's firepower, providing a potent deterrence against armored threats on the battlefield.

The Indian Army had previously inducted Israeli Spike LR-2 launchers and missiles, which boasted a formidable ground strike range of 5.5 kilometers. The latest order for these advanced ATMs marks a follow-up to this procurement. The acquisition has been facilitated through Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems Pvt Ltd (KRAS), a joint venture (JV) company between Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL), a subsidiary of Bharat Forge Ltd, and Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (Rafael) Ltd.

This collaboration ensures that 90% of the missile components are locally sourced, reflecting India's commitment to the "Make in India" initiative.

The Spike missile system has demonstrated its effectiveness as a reliable ATM unit. The initial procurement was partly motivated by the urgency of addressing operational gaps during the troop stand-off with China. These fifth-generation ATMs provide the Indian Army with an agile and versatile tool for neutralizing armored threats, a critical need in modern warfare scenarios.

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