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India’s defence delegation to visit Israel next month

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TEL AVIV/NEW DELHI – India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh is set to make a high-level visit to Israel next month – the visit comes after India approved a $144 million missile purchase from Israel, an Israeli news website reported.

During his visit, Rajnath to meet Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on November 6 as part of a four-day trip with senior officials. Currently, India is the largest buyer of Israeli defence hardware, and Israel's military delegation to India is second only in size to its delegation to the US, the Arutz Sheva paper reported.

India approved purchase of 262 Israeli-made Barak 1 surface-to-air missiles in a $144 million deal that will arm India's 14 battleships over the course of five years. The deal had been frozen since a scandal in 2006, when corruption by Indian politicians surfaced with reports that Indians had taken bribes in return for advancing weapons deals.

Last year, India approved the purchase of 15 Heron drones. Both the countries are also involved in joint military projects, with Israel developing the Barak 8 advanced missile in cooperation with India. Israel was also looking to sell its Iron Dome anti-missile defence system to India as well, the news site reported.

“As defence ties with US continue to grow tense, as highlighted in Operation Protective Edge when President Barack Obama froze the routine transfer of Hellfire missiles to Israel and ordered scrutiny on future shipments, Israel continues to show signs of developing Asian allies such as India, China and Japan,” the site reported.


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