The Ministry of Defense said Friday that the Joint Working Group (JWG) of India and Israel has agreed to form a working group to draft a comprehensive 10-year roadmap to identify new areas of defense cooperation. The 15th meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) took place in Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by Indian Defense Minister Ajay Kumar and Director General of the Israeli Defense Ministry Amir Eshel, according to a statement issued by the ministry.
The ministry said that it was also decided at the meeting to form a sub-working group (SWG) on cooperation in the defense industry, and terms of reference were signed by the two countries in this regard. “This SWG formation will enable efficient use of bilateral resources, efficient flow of technologies, and sharing of industrial capabilities,” the statement added.
The statement noted that the joint working group is the supreme body between the defense ministries of India and Israel for “a comprehensive review and direction of all aspects of bilateral defense cooperation”. “The two sides reviewed the progress made in the military engagements, including exercises and industrial cooperation,” the statement added.
The ministry said the co-chairs were also briefed on the progress of the working groups in defense procurement and production, and research and development.