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Spyder Of The Indian Air Force (Iaf): Everything You Need To Know

Story Highlights
  • SPYDER is primarily used to provide air defence for fixed assets and for fixed asset air defence.
  • Apart from India, SPYDER is currently operated by Singapore, the Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Georgia, and other countries.

SPYDER has been successfully tested by the Indian Air Force. It’s a Surface-to-Air missile, by the way. SPYDER is a powerful component of the air defence network since it can hit numerous targets at once.

SPYDER is a low-altitude, quick-response missile system employed by the Indian Air Force. It has the potential to be a part of India’s Air Defense Network. In the essay below, learn everything there is to know about this air defence system.

What is SPYDER?

Surface to air Python and Derby is the full name of SPYDER. Rafael (Rafael Advanced Defence Systems) and IAI developed this short and medium-range mobile air defence system in Israel (Israeli Aerospace Industries).

Rafale, on the other hand, is the main contractor.

SPYDER: Details You Need To Know

  1. When the missiles were fired at test targets in Shdema, Israel, and scored direct hits, SPYDER became well-known.
  2. It’s a low-level missile with a short reaction time.
  3. It is a surface-to-air missile capable of engaging aeroplanes, air vehicles, drones, and other aerial targets.
  4. SPYDER is primarily used to provide air defence for fixed assets and for fixed asset air defence.
  5. It also serves as a line of defence for mobile units operating in battle zones.
  6. The Python-5 and Derby surface-to-air missiles are launched from the SPYDER launcher. The SPYDER
  7. launcher resembles an air-to-air missile.

a. SPYDER comes in two flavours:
b. SPYDER-SR (short range) SPYDER-MR (medium range) (medium range)

These two are self-propelled SA missiles with rapid reflexes and all-weather capability.

Apart from India, SPYDER is currently operated by Singapore, the Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Georgia, and other countries.

Uses of SPYDER By India:

During this time, SPYDER was used.

1. The 2008 Russian-Georgian War
2. Following the airstrike on Balakot on February 27, 2019,
3. 2019 airstrikes in Jammu and Kashmir

History of SPYDER in India:

For $395 million dollars, 18 SPYDER-MR systems were expected to be purchased in India. Before the 2008 agreement, CVC India assessed this deal. In 2009, a multimillion-dollar agreement was reached.

In 2012, the systems were delivered. 750 Python-5 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and 750 Derby SAMs have now been delivered, totaling 18 SPYDER-MRs.

SPYDER: Ranges of Interception

For $395 million dollars, 18 SPYDER-MR systems were expected to be purchased in India. Before the 2008 agreement, CVC India assessed this deal. In 2009, a multimillion-dollar agreement was reached.

In 2012, the systems were delivered. 750 Python-5 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and 750 Derby SAMs have now been delivered, totaling 18 SPYDER-MRs.

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