Israel and India agree to develop bilateral defense technology

Just weeks after Israel and India agreed to identify new areas in defense cooperation, the two countries signed an agreement to develop bilateral technology such as drones, artificial intelligence, and more.

The Bilateral Innovation Agreement (BIA) was signed by the president of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India, G Satheesh Reddy, and the director of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR & D) of Israel, Danny Gold.

Under the agreement, start-ups and industry from both countries will work together to bring out next-generation technologies and products in areas such as drones, robotics, artificial intelligence, quantum technology, photonics, biosensors, brain-machine interface, energy storage, devices. laptops, natural language processing, etc. “said the Indian Defense Ministry in a statement.

The developments will be jointly funded by DRDO and DDR & D and will be customized to “meet the unique requirements” of both countries and will be available to Israel and India.

Two weeks ago, the two countries agreed to form a working group that will build a ten-year cooperation plan to identify new areas in defense cooperation.

Meeting of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, October 20, 2021 (Credit: AMOS BEN-GERSHOM / GPO)

The plan, which will include acquisitions, production and defense research and development, was agreed last week during a visit last week by the director general of the Indian Ministry of Defense, Ajay Kumar.

Kumar met with his Israeli counterpart, the Director General of the Defense Ministry, Major General (retired) Amir Eshel at Kirya Military Headquarters in Tel Aviv for the 15th meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on cooperation in defending.

According to The Times of India, during the meeting, the two officials discussed bilateral military-technology cooperation, as well as strategic challenges in the Middle East and Indo-Pacific regions.

“The two sides reviewed the progress made in the inter-military clashes, including exercises and industry cooperation,” the report quoted an Indian official, adding that “it was also decided to form a new sub-working group on the industry of defending”. cooperation.”

Israel has been supplying India with various weapon systems, missiles and UAVs for the past few years, which has made India one of Israel’s largest buyers of military equipment.

A 2020 report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute found that Israel’s arms exports in the past four years have been the highest in history, accounting for three percent of the world total.

According to the report, the top three customers for Israeli weapons were India (45 percent of the total amount), Azerbaijan (17 percent) and Vietnam (8.5 percent). Arms sales to India have consistently totaled more than $ 1 billion per year.

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