Kautilya Academy 08-09-2020
The trilateral summit was initiated by PM Modi during his visit to Israel in 2017. The outcomes of the summit were not disclosed due to security concerns.
Israel is the third-largest defence supplier to India. It accounts for 40% of defence exports of Israel. This includes Barack missiles, powerful Phalcon radar on Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS). The drone fleet in India is completely based on Israeli technology and many directly bought from Israel. Apart from Israeli drones, the DRDO (Defence Research Development Organization) has also developed drones such as Bharat, RUSTOM. Bharat drones are indigenously developed surveillance drones that are already carrying out surveillance long Line of Actual Control. On the other hand, RUSTOM is drones that are being developed. RUSTOM is to replace Heron drones. Heron was developed by Israel.
India imports 10 billion USD worth defence equipment from the US.
India and the US have developed strong defence ties in recent years. Some of the recent developments are as follows