Israel has expressed willingness to cooperate with India in its nuclear submarine programme, Israeli defence sources said.
This understanding was reached during the visit of a high-level technical team from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) headed by the Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister Dr V K Aatre, towards the end of last month, the sources said, adding that the matter was first raised during the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to New Delhi in September.
The development could possibly mean an end to Indo-Russian cooperation in this field as Israel raidly progresses towards becoming India's main source for defence procurements.
India had leased for three years a Soviet nuclear-powered attack submarine, INS "Chakra" in 1988, but returned it after the expiry of the lease.
It had, in 2000, announced new negotiations with Russia. India has been working since 1985 to develop an indigenously constructed nuclear-powered submarine with the Soviet Union and now Russia's help.
The DRDO team also reviewed other areas of cooperation already underway and an agreement was also reached towards exchange of scientists for training in each others country.