NEW DELHI : India will be sealing its western borders with Pakistan from any aerial attack in the next two months, deploying the Isareli SPYDER missiles to tackle any aircraft, cruise missile, surveillance plane or drone violating the Indian airspace.
The missile system should have been in place more than three years ago but for the non-availability of the Czech-made Tatra trucks on which these missiles were to be installed. The Tatra trucks got mired in a controversy over bribery allegations, but the technology transfer ultimately helped in the indigenous production of the new trucks on which the SPYDER system can be mounted.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) sources said the SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) missile system is in the process of being deployed along the western borders. These missiles are capable of neutralising the hostile targets up to 15 km away and at the height of 20 to 9,000 metres.