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Israel offers Defence Technology to India
Feb 24, 2015

Israel has offered India all help with top-notch military technologies like the Iron Dome interceptor in tune with India’s Make in India policy, which includes indigenous defence production as a key thrust area. Visiting Israeli defence minister Moshe Ya'alon discussed the ‘best way’ to implement the 'Make in India' policy as well as further bolster the already robust bilateral defence ties. 

  • Moshe Ya'alon is the first-ever Israeli defence minister to visit India since bilateral diplomatic relations were established in 1992. 

  • A small country which had kept its hostile neighbours at bay by developing new warfare technologies to intercept enemy missiles and rockets like the Iron Dome interceptor, Israel can cooperate closely in the defence-security arena with flexible technology transfer to India. 

  • Israel specified that bilateral security ties were not directed against any third country. It is for mutual benefit. 

  • India and Israel share common values and interests and Israel is ready to share its technologies, know-how and experiences with India. 

  • Moshe Ya'alon's visit is a marked departure from the long-standing policy to keep bilateral military ties under wraps despite Israel being among the top-3 arms suppliers to India. 

  • Having already inked deals and projects worth around 10 billion dollar with Israel since the 1999 Kargil conflict, India is now close to finalising contracts for two additional Phalcon AWACS (airborne warning and control systems) and four aerostat radars, together worth well over 1.5 billion dollar. 

  • India already has three Phalcon AWACS in the shape of Israeli early-warning radar suites mounted on Russian IL-76 aircraft, which were inducted under a 1.1 billion dollar tripartite agreement among India, Israel and Russia in 2004.
     
  • India is going to buy four more aerostats after inducting two such EL/M-2083 radars, which are basically sensors mounted on blimp-like large balloons tethered to the ground, in 2004-2005 under a 145 million dollar deal.


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