India asks Israel to speed up supply of radars
- India Wants Arms Purchases Deals With Israel, United States Expedited
SAP20020601000078 Mumbai The Times of India (Internet Version-WWW) in
English 01 Jun 02
[PTI Report: "India asks Israel to speed up supply of radars" ]
[FBIS Transcribed Text]
NEW DELHI: With the Pakistani military threatning to use nuclear and
conventional missiles in case of a conflict, India has asked Israel to speed
up supply of a large number of Aerostat Ballons to give it capability to
detect incoming attacks on targets upto 500 kms.
The two countries have recently concluded an agreement to this effect
and now Tel Aviv has been asked to speed up the delivery of the system,
which is also capable of providing an in-depth battlefield surveillance as
well as track incoming enemy artillery shells, top defence ministry
As part of measures to further bolster defence against missiles,
officials said New Delhi was according top priority to upgrading border
radar systems as well as looking keenly at the United States anti-missile
system, which is presently in testing stage.
Officials said India was evaluating the American system, which was
likely to be fielded by 2005-2006, with Washington inviting Indian experts
to missile command post exercises in June.
Asserting that India had information that Pakistan had deployed its
clandestinely acquired Chinese and North Korean missiles, officials said "We
have taken Islamabad threats very seriously and taken counter-measures".
Stating that New Delhi had also some information that Pakistan may be
trying to rein in mercenary and terrorist groups from crossing the Line of
Control, officials said, however, "we will be looking for some permament
markers before any de-escalation".
"During the recent interactive exchanges, the United States officials
had expressed apprehensions of a nulcear holocuast in the region", officials
said adding that Washington was not very sure of Pakistani threshold.
On the absence of the weapon locating radars with the army, ministry
officials said the earliest India could get contracted US ANTPQ-37 system
was 24 months. However, they added that with augmentation of Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles supplies to all the three services, the UAV as well as the about to
be acquired Aerostats could fill the void.
Officials also said that recently the country had gone in for massive
import of 155MM ammunition adding that army had huge stores to meet any
They also said India's battle prepardness had recently received a boost
with induction of the state-of-the-art T-90 tanks which had been deployed in
the current ongoing mobilisation.
"The next batch of another 60 tanks would be here in another week and
after week-long trials would be pushed onto the frontlines", they said.
Officials said that during the just concluded Indo-US Defence Policy
Group (DPG) meeting, the Americans had agreed to speed up supplies of
specialised equipment for counter-terrorism including sensors to detect
infiltrations and night visions and superior small arms for the special
On the Hawk AJT deal, the officials said that Price Negotiating
Committee (PNC) had submitted its report to the government, which would open
final negotiations with the British Aerospace to sign the million Pound
sterling deal to acquire 66 Hawk trainers.
They said that during the recent discussions, the British Foreign
Secretary Jack Straw had made it clear that there was no move to ban the
sale of Hawks or to impose any sort of arms embargo on India.
On acquisition of the Russian Kiev Class Aircraft Carrier Gorshkov,
officials said the Price Negotiating Committee had been set up, which would
give its recommendations within four weeks.
New Delhi, officials said had also received the draft treaty on
conclusion of Indo-US Acqusition cross service agreement, which would enable
the two countries to use each others armed services facilities.
"This agreement would be finalised within next three to four weeks and
this would mark the countries going beyond inter-services excercises",
They said the two countries were also on the threshold of greater
cooperation in peace-keeping with India joining in next round of special US
forces peacekeeping exercises.
"We will also be holding joint exercises on disaster management and
disaster response even in third countries", they said adding that the two
countries had also agreed to cooperate in environmental security like in
fighting oil spill and nuclear waste as also seeking Washington's help in
dealing with disposal of human waste in Siachen glacier.
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