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India Strike Used Israeli-Made Weapons, Report Says

The Indian Air Force fired multiple missiles utilizing Israeli-made Spice-2000 guidance kits, Indian news outlet The Print reported

Adi Pick 11:4528.02.19
On Tuesday, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had crossed the de facto border between the Indian and Pakistani-held areas of Kashmir, for the first time since 1971. The IAF fired multiple missiles utilizing Israeli-made Spice-2000 guidance kits, Indian news outlet The Print reported the same day.

 

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Tensions between India and Pakistan have been on the rise since a suicide bombing on February 14 hit an Indian paramilitary convoy in Kashmir, that killed 40 Indian soldiers. Jaish-e-Mohammed, a group that is classified as a terrorist group by the United Nations, claimed responsibility for the attack.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: AFP India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: AFP
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan Tweeted his support for settling the uptick in conflict through diplomatic means.

 

 

Manufactured by Israeli defense contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., the Spice-2000 kits turn air-droppable unguided warheads into precision-guided weapons.

 

Rafael declined Calcalist’s request for comment.

 

India accounted for 49% of Israeli arms export between 2013 and 2017, making Israel the third largest supplier to India, according to a 2017 report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In 2017 alone, $2 billion worth of missile system deals were signed between state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and India, making up nearly 22% of Israel’s overall $9.2 billion in arms exports sales that year.

 

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