India, Israel to form task force for 10-year defence cooperation plan

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India and Israel will form a task force that will formulate a ten-year plan for defence cooperation, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday.

This was agreed upon during the India-Israel Joint Working Group (JWG) meet on bilateral defence cooperation held in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

The meeting was co-chaired by Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and the Director General of the Israel's Ministry of Defence, Maj Gen (Retd) Amir Eshel.

The JWG is the apex body between the Ministry of Defence of India and Israel's Ministry of Defence to comprehensively review and guide all aspects of bilateral defence cooperation.

India and Israel reviewed the progress made in military to military engagements including exercises and industry cooperation, the defence ministry said.

"The Co-chairs were also appraised on the progress made by the Sub Working Groups (SWG) on defence procurement and production and research and development," a statement from the defence ministry said.

During the meeting, both the sides mutually agreed and signed a terms of reference to form a SWG on Defence Industry Cooperation. The formation of this SWG would enable efficient utilisation of bilateral resources, effective flow of technologies and sharing industrial capabilities.

During the meet, both sides also agreed to hold the next JWG in India.

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