Tuesday, September 11, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


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Arrow II knowhow for Akash
Rajeev Sharma and Gaurav Choudhury
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 10
The Indo-Israel strategic cooperation is all set to enter a new phase wherein Tel Aviv may agree to transfer to India technology for anti-missile, a highly tactical weapon in modern warfare.

The move got an impetus with the arrival here of Israel’s National Security Adviser, Mr Uzi Dayan, yesterday on a weeklong visit on the invitation of his Indian counterpart Brajesh Mishra.

Mr Dayan today held parleys with Mr Brajesh Mishra and Defence Secretary Yogendra Narain and is likely to meet External Affairs and Defence Minister Jaswant Singh tomorrow.

“The two sides are examining the possibility of equipping Akash, India’s indigenously developed anti-missile missile with the Israeli Arrow II technology”, well-placed sources said.

Israel has developed an anti-missile missile with an indigenously developed Arrow II technology which is known for its high-precision features.

New Delhi is also examining the possibility of acquiring technology support from Israel for the production of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

It is understood that the issues of anti-missile missile technology and LCA cooperation came under discussion during Mr Dayan’s talks with the Indian top officials today.

Besides, India is keen on receiving support from Israel in methods to counter terrorism. Israel has tremendous expertise in tackling and countering terrorist strikes.

Sources said New Delhi is particularly keen on drawing upon the expertise and experience from Israel in countering guerrilla terrorist warfare which is prevalent in the north-east and also in Kashmir.Back

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