Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last Friday at Aero India, for joint induction of an Anti-Torpedo Defence System called SHADE for the Indian Navy.
The MoU will was signed by Mr Eli Hefets, Rafael’s Corporate Regional Director for India, Rafael and Mr NP Diwakar, Director (Technical), BDL, in the presence of Shri Rajnath Singh, Honorable Raksha Mantri, during the Bandhan Ceremony on 05 February 2021, during the Aero India 2021 at Bengaluru.
SHADE will be the first system in the world to employ a combination of soft kill and hard kill decoys, thereby providing a robust and effective defense against modern torpedoes. The joint induction of SHADE is part of Rafael’s commitment to the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliance) initiative of the Government of India.
This MoU will be a precursor for cooperation on futuristic systems for the Indian Armed Forces in India, entailing advanced ToT, and a very high indigenous content, leading to self-sufficiency in the field of cutting-edge technology in defence.
This MoU represents an ideal opportunity for industrial cooperation between Israel and India, leading to closer collaboration and co-development of advanced systems in India.
Parties will work together to identify joint opportunities for export, subject to export control guidelines of the two governments.
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