Defense News: Israel, India agree to develop 3 new UAVs

Defense News: Israel is supplying all of Indias needs for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Israel and India have signed an agreement to develop three models of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to be produced in India, Defense News reports in its latest issue. Senior officials from the Israel and Indian Ministries of Defense signed the agreement during the Aero India 2005 exhibition on February 9-13.

Under the agreement, Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) teams will assist the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Indias leading UAV developer, in developing new models.

IAI president and CEO Moshe Keret said that UAVs were an important element in cooperation between Israel and India, and that IAI would implement defense R&D plans, to the benefit of both countries.

Defense News notes that at this stage, Israel is supplying all of Indias requests for UAVs. The agreement to develop three UAVs is expected to perpetuate this situation for at least the near future.

Published by Globes [online] - - on March 1, 2005

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