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Low-Level Quick Reaction Missile system (LLQRM)

The Indian Low-Level Quick Reaction Missile system (LLQRM) is an Indian Air Force requirement that should not be confused with the similar Indian Army Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) requirement, which was supposed to be a joint project with the French. Rafael was competing for India Air Force's Quick Reaction Missile (QRM) and Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) order with the SPYDER-SR (short-range) and SPYDER-MR (medium-range) missile systems.

The Indian Air Force sent a Request for Proposals (RfP) mid-2005 to Russia, France, South Africa, Switzerland, Israel, Poland, and the United Kingdom. The plans to acquire the Spyder were announced in 2006, but were delayed due to allegations of corruption in the Israeli Barak missiles contract with the Indian Navy signed in 2004. But as neither the IAF nor the Navy had adequate missile defence protection, the government was been under pressure to go ahead with the project.

In 2008, Rafael won the Indian order for Low-Level Quick Reaction Missile system (LLQRM), which was competing with the mobile SPYDER (Surface-to-air Python and Derby) short-range air defence system. In August 2008, the Indian Defense Ministry approved a $2.5 billion joint IAI-Rafael Advanced Defense Systems deal to develop a new and advanced version of the Spyder surface-to-air system. In November 2008 the Cabinet Committee on Security cleared the purchase of Spyder low-level quick reaction missiles from the Israeli consortium of IAI and Rafael. A $260 million contract with the Israeli firm Rafael would involve the supply of 18 SPYDER systems, with deliveries running through early 2011 to August 2012.

In late 2008 there was a delay in the procurement of the Israeli missile after Indian Defence Ministry asked the Central Vigilance Commission to probe into the deal, citing reported irregularities.

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