India gets radars to check infiltration
6 October 2002
The Indian Express
New Delhi: In a major initiative to step up surveillance on the LoC along Jammu and Kashmir, India has signed a deal with Israel for importing man- portable radars, which can detect movement across the border. Under the deal worth about $70 million, India has started receiving the first delivery of these 1,022 radars, which are capable of locating human targets ten km away, defence sources said here today. Though India has already inducted these radars in parts of the LoC, the decision to go in for bulk purchase was taken after the Army reported a big spurt in detection in infiltration following the use of these instruments. The sources said the deal with Israeli company El-Op was for both shorter range 3000 to 4000 metre man-portable radars as well as long range observance and reconnaissance systems, after bids made by French Electronic Giant Thales and Sagem were rejected. Sources said negotiations were still on with the United States and some other countries for other close range sensor detectors. The Bush administration has been keen to sell ground sensors to India. ‘‘We are evaluating the US offer made by the Pentagon,’’ sources said, and added India might opt for American systems as well. Sources said the deal with Israel also covered acquisition of 600 Elbit Thermal- Imaging-Stand-Alone systems to equip Indian Army’s 300 T-72 main battle tanks and 300 Russian BMP II armoured personnel carriers. India has also signed an agreement to acquire eight more Israeli Searcher-II Unmanned Air Vehicles.