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19 November 2017 - 2 Kislev 5778 - ב' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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India’s navy chief visits Israel E-mail

The head of the Indian navy, Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, arrived in Israel on 11 June for a five-day visit, during which he met with Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and Israel Navy Commander Maj. Gen. Eli Sharvit, according to Haaretz.

Indian media reported that during his visit, Lanba would follow up on the progress being made on “joint projects and initiatives with Israel”.

The chairman of India’s chiefs of staff committee (CoSC) also met with highranking officials from Israel’s Defense Ministry and visited Haifa Naval Base and other military sites. “Since the renewal of formal diplomatic relations in 1992, defence co-operation has been one of the main pillars of bilateral engagement between the two nations,” The Hindustan Times reported, quoting a Defense Ministry statement.

One of the things that interests India is how Israel is securing its gas fields in the Mediterranean. The plan for securing the area includes the purchase of four patrol boats made by the German company Thyssenkrupp, the use of drones, and the collection of intelligence relating to possible attacks on the fields, whether by missile fire, sea vessels or aircraft.

“The threats [faced by the two militaries] are totally different, but in the end, they too want to learn about the technologies we are using and their concept. The world of terror has also changed, and they are coming to the conclusion there that with a small investment, an attack on a platform like a gas field can cause a strategic crisis or seriously harm a country,” said an Israeli naval officer.

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