NEW DELHI: Army Chief General M M Naravane on Sunday left for Israel on a five-day visit to further strengthen the expansive bilateral defence ties with the country. This comes soon after external affairs minister S Jaishankar and defence secretary Ajay Kumar’s visits to the country.
Naravane, during his first visit to Israel from November 15 to 19, will meet the country’s senior military and civilian leadership to discuss “avenues for further enhancing defence relations,” said an official on Sunday.
“He will hold meetings with security establishment officials and exchange views on various defence-related issues. He will interact with the service chiefs and visit the headquarters of the ground forces element of the Israeli defence forces,” he added.
The visit comes soon after India and Israel agreed to form a joint task force to formulate a comprehensive 10-year roadmap to identify new areas in defence cooperation in the 15th meeting of the joint working group. The meeting was chaired by Kumar and director-general (retd) of Israeli defence ministry Major General Amir Eshel in Tel Aviv on October 27.
Israel has been among the top four arms’ suppliers to India for almost two decades with annual military sales worth around $1 billion. The Indian armed forces are inducting the next-generation Barak-8 surface-to-air missile systems under three joint DRDO-Israeli Aerospace Industries projects worth over Rs 30,000 crore.





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