[Freemanlist2] Ya'alon Calls India a 'True Friend' as He Takes Off for Visit +Israeli defense companies have high profile presence at Indian exhibition
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Ya'alon Calls India a 'True Friend' as He Takes Off for Visit
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon takes off Monday night for a visit to India - the first time Israel's top defense official has made the trek.
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23By Kobi Finkler, Cynthia Blank
First Publish: 2/16/2015, 10:15 PM
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) will take off Monday night for New Delhi as part of an official visit to India.
His visit will mark the first time an Israeli defense minister has traveled to the Asian nation.
During his visit, Ya'alon will attend the inauguration of a defenseindustries of Israel pavilion during an arms fair held in the city ofBangalore, the capital of southern Indian state Karnataka.
He is also expected to meet with senior government officials including India's Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar. In addition, Ya'alon will meet with Czech Defense Minister, Martin Stropnicky, on the visit.
Before flying, Ya'alon noted the importance of the visit and his excitement at participating in the arms fair.
"This visit is very significant because it is the first time a defense ministerfrom Israel is traveling to India, and it has great importance for the further strengthening of relations with a rising power like India."
"The Indian government is a true friend of Israel," Ya'alon continued, "and shared interests will benefit both countries. For instance, our and their defense establishments enjoy excellent relations."
India, with close to a billion people, is currently Israel's biggest defense customer, and Israel's military delegation to India is second only in size to its delegation to America.
The two countries also have a Joint Working group on counter-terrorism, with bilateral ties flourishing under India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"At the arms exhibition, we will once more enjoy seeing the strength of the Defense industries of Israel, their unique quality and that of their employees, as well as the fact that the world sees them as the elite of the elite."
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ndian Prime Minister visits an IAI booth at Aero India 2015 exhibitition. (photo credit:Courtesy)
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Israeli defense companies showcased a range of their cutting edge defense products at the Aero India 2015 exhibition in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to some of the booths, including that of Israel Aerospace Industries, and heard an explanation on the company's
advanced drones, and its new naval patrol aircraft.
Other Israeli defense corporations are also represented at the event.
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will, for the first time, exhibit its naval Iron Dome air defense system, known as C-Dome.
The system is designed to protect ships and civilian facilities, like gas drilling rigs and ports, from rocket and missile attacks.
Rafael will also display its Spice 250 air-to-surface guided bomb, which comes with an electro-optical homing system, and an image comparison capability.
Fighter jets can carry up to 28 Spice 250 weapons during a given sortie, and it is part of Rafael's family of Spice 1000 and Spice 2000 bombs.
Elbit Systems is displaying a range
of solutions for military and civilian aircraft under its Music brand of anti- missile systems.
These include the Music system for small and medium-sized helicopters, the J-Music system for medium-sized and large jets, and C-Music solutions for large jets, specially fitted for cargo and civilian airliners.
CONTROP Precision Technologies will, for the first time, be demonstrating its recently introduced MICRO-STAMP dual sensor miniature payload for small UAVs, which can gather information in the day and night.
CONTROP described the product as the most advanced gyro-stabilized miniature payload in the world, which is now being supplied to the first customer.
MORE Military Optical RF Equipment, which creates electronic warfare (EW) Solutions, will launch two new EW solutions at Aero
They include a small jammer to engage radars, for aerial and naval platforms.
The ORBIT company will carry out live demonstrations of some of its mission-critical communication solutions for land, sea, air and space applications. It will be showcasing aerospace communication product lines.
SIBAT, the International Defense Cooperation Directorate of the Israel Ministry of Defense, is presenting military and civil aviation technologies at the Israel National Pavilion. The Pavilion will showcase air defense and airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies for the military sector.
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Mishel Ben Baruch, Director of SIBAT, said, "Israel is strengthening its ties and expanding technological collaboration with India, a country with
exceptional R&D capabilities. In the military field, Israel and India share common threats. The technological cooperation between the two countries significantly benefits both, enabling us to better counter these threats – with Israel ready to share its experience and operationally-proven, cutting-edge technologies with India”.
SIBAT is a directorate within the Ministry of Defense that works in conjunction with Israel’s defense industry.
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