India is readying a slew of military deals with Israel worth $3 billion before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Tel Aviv this year.
The pacts include the acquisition of 164 laser-designation pods or ‘Litening-4’ for IAF fighters like Sukhoi-30MKIs and Jaguars as well as 250 advanced ‘Spice’ precision stand-off bombs capable of taking out fortified enemy underground command centres. “It should be cleared by the CCS within a month or so,” said an MoD source.
We’ve been watching India make friendly noises in Israel’s direction since Modi took power in 2014. For instance, in 2015, India abstained from censuring Israel in the U.N. Weapons deals have been key to the warming relations between the two countries, and this agreement would be an important step for leaders in both Jerusalem and New Delhi.