India-Israel Defense Cooperation – OpEd

Israel, followed by Russia and US, is India’s third largest defense supplier and the bilateral defense cooperation between two states is continuing to be strong. Both states are also celebrating the twenty-five years of establishment of their diplomatic relations this year, whereas at the end of last year the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited India, which was first after two decades.

India’s foreign policy has undergone through watershed change over past two decades. Until 1992, India abstained in establishing close relations with Israel and even Indian passports prohibited travel to Israel. However after the Gulf War and Kargil War these relations were revived. The relations are supported by Congress and India’s current establishment. The estimated arms trade between India and Israel has been more than $12 billion in last decade which makes India the largest Israel’s customer. Israel has lately carved its niche in India by delivering the most sophisticated weapons systems and annually Israeli weapons sales to India amounts to $1 billion.

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Article Credit- Euro Asia Review

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