IAF chief in Israel to discuss def cooperation

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, who is in Israel on a four-day visit, held on Wednesday wide-ranging talks with Israeli defence officials to review cooperation and explore new possibilities as he visited top military installations of that country. He also discussed the issue of expanding co-operation with Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who had served as Israel’s Chief of Staff before joining politics.
“The visit will help boost robust bilateral military ties between the two countries. Israel attaches immense importance to its defence cooperation with India and we are working together to enhance ongoing collaboration in various areas,” a media adviser to the defence ministry told PTI.
Meanwhile, in efforts to deepen its engagement with India in the defence sector and express an intent to participate in “a big way” in the Make in India campaign, 28 Israeli defence companies have presented an extensive collection of advanced tools and technologies in Goa at Defexpo 2016.
Some of Israel’s technologies on display at Defexpo include active defence systems, tactical medical equipment, a wide range of sensors, command control and communications (C3) solutions, electro-optical systems, various robotics, fire control solutions, unmanned systems nd navigation devices.
“India is a country with tremendous capabilities. Israel’s large presence at Defexpo reflects our desire to strengthen ties with Indian companies and increase local production of military technologies,” Brigadiar General (Ret) Mishel Ben Baruch, Head of SIBAT (Israel’s defence ministry department regulating international cooperation) was quoted in a press release as saying.
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