Israeli Defense Contractor Rafael Opens New Facility in India
Israel supplied 15% of India’s arms imports from 2014-2018, according to SIPRI’s 2019 annual arms transfer report
Recent years have seen bilateral relations between India and Israel blossom. 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). Israel supplied 15% of India’s arms imports between 2014 and2018, according to SIPRI’s 2019 annual arms transfer report. In comparison, the U.S. supplied 12% of India’s weapon imports during that time period.
Rafael has been active in India for more than two decades. In February, 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, and fired multiple missiles utilizing Rafael-made Spice-2000 guidance kits, Indian news outlet The Print reported.
In 2016, the Indian government agreed to purchase 8,000 ‘Spike’ anti-tank missiles and 300 missile-launchers from Rafael. The missiles were supposed to be partly manufactured in India, but the deal appears to have been scrapped since.
Rafael is one of Israel's largest defense companies. In 2018, it reported more than $2.5 billion in revenues. Rafael employs more than 8,000 people in Israel, the U.S., the U.K., Korea, Australia, Brazil, India, and Thailand.