Lucknow: – Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Israel Aerospace Industries Limited (IAIL) signed a cooperation agreement during the Defence Expo 2020, being held at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. As per the agreement, the Israeli company will provide the necessary technology for military drone development and will also participate in the manufacturing project. The HAL chief expressed confidence that this will prove very beneficial from the future point of view.
India has purchased ‘Spike’ anti-tank missiles from Israel and Israel has supplied these missiles to India. Moreover, the deployment of Spike missiles has already started in the Pakistan border region. Amid these news reports, it has been reported that HAL and IAIL have signed a cooperation agreement for military drones. Drones play a vital role in the surveillance and extracting vital information, said HAL chief R.Madhavan considering this fact. This cooperation will prove very vital for Indian security. Whereas, IAIL chief expressed confidence that India will be majorly benefitted with their company’s experience.
Nearly 14 agreements have been signed between India and Russia against the backdrop of the Defence Expo 2020. These include agreements for setting up facilities to manufacture spares of the defence equipment supplied by Russia to India. India is still heavily dependent on Russia for the supply of weapons and defence systems and equipment. Therefore, extra-ordinary importance is being attached to these agreements with Russia. At this time, cooperation agreements have been signed between Indian and US companies too and Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh was present for the signing.
The Defence Minister claimed that the defence-related cooperation between India and the United States is no more restricted to buyer and seller; the two countries have become partners. Companies from the United States, the United Kingdom and France expressed keenness to supply engines for the fighter jets developed in India. It is being reported that these companies also are keen on starting joint venture projects, along with providing the necessary technology to India.