India is on a military spending spree this week and their finding willing partners in the Middle East. The new spending may have been prompted by the announcement earlier this week that the U.S. will be selling new F-16s to Pakistan.
According to MediaLine, India has confirmed it is buying some 40 second-hand jets from Qatar and France, and has shown interest in picking up a further 80 aircraft from a variety of countries, including the U.S., Russia and Sweden. India is also close to signing a deal with Israel for the purchase of a missile system, which will help New Delhi defend its fixed bases, including its nuclear installations.
The purchase will be for 18 SPYDER systems, pending the approval of the Indian security cabinet in the next few days. The missile is a quick-reaction surface-to-air projectile. While India intends using the system to defend army bases and other strategic points, the missile can be fired from the back of a truck, offering considerable mobility. The missile has a range of some nine miles and can reach a height of five miles.