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India Likely To Install Israeli Systems On Rafale Fighter Jet

The Israeli defense industries are becoming optimistic. An updated
assessment says that it is likely that India will purchase Israeli
systems for its newly procured fighter aircraft – the French Rafale.

A senior source close to the issue said that while the first eighteen
aircrafts will be equipped with French systems, it is possible that the
other aircraft will be equipped with Israeli-produced systems.

The new assessment is based on the ongoing discussions between defense industry representatives and senior officials in India. “India
recognizes the operational superiority of several Israeli systems, and
it seems that they will ask for them,” said the source. He added that
it’s possible India will insist that the systems be locally produced by
companies that have cooperated with Israeli defense industries in the
past.

India has already expressed its desire to equip its new fighter aircraft
with Israeli-produced systems, though it is doubtful that the French
government will approve the move. At this time, India is most interested
in Rafael’s Litening pod, which is used for navigation and for locating
ground targets.

The system, which is undergoing an upgrade to its fourth-generation
series, is in use by air forces around the world and is considered the
best of its kind.

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