Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, also the chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee, will be on a four-day visit to Israel from Sunday as Tel Aviv is set to offer manufacturing of Spike hand held “fire and forget” anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) to India under Make in India.
This is the last Indian high-profile visitor to Israel before Prime Minister Narendra Modi lands in Tel Aviv on July 5. Admiral Lanba will be in Israel till June 15.Admiral Lanba visit comes after a Parliamentary delegation led by minister of state for agriculture and parliamentary affairs SS Ahluwalia went all over the Jewish nation in search of state of the art agricultural technologies.
Top government sources told Hindustan Times that Lanba will be visiting Haifa naval port along with interactions with Army and Air Force chiefs of Israel. His visit will be to understand regional security without delving into hardware acquisition.However, it is now clear that Israel wants to participate in the Make in India initiative with offer to making Spike ATGM.
Even though the Modi government wants to focus on ties with Israel beyond defence, India is looking towards making medium altitude long endurance armed Heron TP unmanned aerial vehicle under Make in India.