Israel’s Military Exports to Top Buyer India Unaffected by Hamas War

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Israel’s military exports to India, its largest defense buyer, have not been affected by the war in Gaza, an Indian source and an Israeli source aware of the details said.

India has imported military hardware worth $2.9 billion from Israel over the last decade, including radars, surveillance and combat drones, and missiles.

Israel’s war needs have not conflicted with its defense supplies to India, the Israeli source and the senior Indian military official said.

Israel’s operations have created a growing need for ammunition, but not radars of the type it is exporting to India, the Israeli source said.

“We made sure our (military) exports to India are not impacted,” he said.

The Indian official said Israel had ensured a steady supply of weapons bought by New Delhi, which also include drone components.

Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject.

With a strong presence at the Singapore Airshow, Israeli arms manufacturers are back at international events after an absence following the start of the war against Hamas in Gaza.

India is the world’s largest arms importer, buying $37 billion worth between 2012 and 2022, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Israel is the fourth largest supplier of military hardware to India, which has bought weapons worth $21.8 billion from Russia, $5.2 billion from France and $4.5 billion from America in the last decade.

India has been trying to reduce its dependence on Russian weapons by diversifying purchases to countries such as France and Israel, and boosting its nascent domestic arms manufacturing industry.

Israel’s Elbit Systems partners with Indian conglomerate Adani group to manufacture some of its Hermes900 drones at a facility in southern India, which are exported back to Israel for its use.

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