India Continues to Leads Weapons Imports

The volume of international transfers of major weapons in 2010–14 was 16 per cent higher than in 2005–2009 according to a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The five biggest exporters in 2010–14 were the United States, Russia, China, Germany and France, and the five biggest importers were India, Saudi Arabia, China, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Pakistan.  India accounted for 15% of all arms imports and its main suppliers include Israel, Russia, the United Kingdom and increasingly the United States.

Arms Imports by Country

Between 2005–2009 and 2010–14 imports increased by 140 per cent. In 2010–14 India’s imports were three times larger than those of either of its regional rivals China and Pakistan. This contrasts with 2005–2009 when India’s imports were 23 per cent below China’s and just over double those of Pakistan. India has so
far failed to produce competitive indigenous-designed weapons and remains dependent on imports.

March 16, 2015   No Comments

India’s $525 Million Spike Missile Deal

India will buy anti-tank guided missiles from Israel, rejecting a rival bid from the U.S.  for its Javelin missiles. Defense Ministry sources stated that Modi’s government has placed orders for 8,356 Spike missiles and 321 launchers from Israel in a deal worth 32 billion rupees ($525 million). The Javelin is currently manufactured by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

“The Defense Acquisition Council took the decision based on purely technical reasons and based on hard facts,” said an unnamed defense ministry official. “The process of bringing them (equipment) here will be done over a period of time, in stages,” he added without giving details. India, the world’s biggest arms importer, is in the midst of a $100-billion defense upgrade program, whose pace has accelerated since the new  government was elected in May this year

November 13, 2014   1 Comment

Haifa, Israel commemorates the role of soldiers from India’s Army

The municipality of Haifa, Israel   commemorates the the sacrifices made by soldiers, from India (fighting for the British crown),  many of whom are buried in the cemetery here.  Stories of their valiant efforts in liberating the coastal city during the First World War will be included in the school history curriculum.

“The move is a part of Haifa’s efforts to preserve the city’s history and heritage,” Hedva Almog, deputy Mayor of Haifa said.

Many Indian soldiers sacrificed their lives in this region during the First World War and nearly 900 are cremated or buried in cemeteries across Israel. Almog said that the municipality is planning big centenary celebrations to commemorate the event in 2018, calling upon India to join hands in making it a success. Charge de Affaires at the Indian mission in Tel Aviv, Vani Rao, reacted positively to the request extending support in organizing the Centenary celebrations.

The Indian army commemorates September 23 as Haifa Day, to pay its respects to the two brave Indian Cavalry Regiments that helped liberate the city in 1918 following a dashing cavalry action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. Residents of the Israeli city also celebrate Haifa Day with a series of cultural programs during the week.

November 28, 2012   No Comments

Indian Navy fleet visits Haifa, Israel

Four Indian navy warships equipped with modern weaponry are on a goodwill visit to Haifa,Israel to “strengthen service-to- service linkages”, as the two countries celebrate 20 years of diplomatic ties.  The Mediterranean tour of the four vessels (INS Mumbai, Trishul, Gomti and Aditya)  is  headed by Rear Admiral A. R. Karve,  of India’s Western Fleet who will call upon Israeli naval officers and the Mayor of Haifa, Yona Yahav.

The Indian sailors will also pay respects at the memorial of Indian soldiers buried in Haifa while fighting for the Allied Forces, under the Britich Crown in the battle for the  liberation of Haifa during the Second World War. As a  tribute to these Indian soldiers, the municipality of Haifa has decided to include the stories of their valiant efforts by incorporating them in the school history curriculum.

August 2, 2012   No Comments

India studies Israeli border fence

A delegation from India will arrive in Israel next month to study the various technologies used by the Israeli Defense Forces to secure their borders with the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Egypt, and which could be implemented as part of India’s own fence with Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Israel began constructing a barrier along its border with Egypt to stem terrorism and infiltrations by illegal migrants. The Defense Ministry and IDF have so far completed about 90 miles; the 15 foot high barbed-wire fence is supported by dozens of radars deployed along the border to issue alerts about possible crossings while the potential infiltrators are miles away.

Israel Border Fence

Israel is building a new fence on the border with Egypt

India is interested in beefing up its border security to prevent future incidents like the Mumbai attacks in 2008. The Indian press reported Sunday on a tunnel that had been discovered under the border with Pakistan in the  Kashmir region.

What this means

India is prepared to spend billions to protect its western land and sea borders from foreign terrorists.  Physical and intelligence solutions from all quarters are welcomed.

August 1, 2012   No Comments