Israeli Rafael, Indian BDL Sign MoU To Produce Soft Kill-Hard Kill Decoy System

TORBUSTER is the only operational active 4th generation hard-kill torpedo defense countermeasure, launched from an external launcher and effective against all types of acoustic homing torpedoes, using combined soft- and hard-kill measures.

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and India’s Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint induction of an Anti-Torpedo Defence System called SHADE for the Indian Navy.

The MoU will be signed on 05 February 2021, during the Aero India 2021 show at Bengaluru.

SHADE will be the first system in the world to employ a combination of soft kill and hard kill decoys, thereby providing a robust and effective defence against modern torpedoes.

The joint induction of SHADE is part of Rafael’s commitment to the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliance) initiative of the Government of India.

This MoU will be a precursor for cooperation on futuristic systems for the Indian Armed Forces in India, entailing advanced ToT, and a very high indigenous content, leading to self-sufficiency in the field of cutting-edge technology in defence. This MoU represents an ideal opportunity for industrial cooperation between Israel and India, leading to closer collaboration and co-development of advanced systems in India, the companies said in a joint statement.

Parties will work together to identify joint opportunities for export, subject to export control guidelines of the two governments.

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