Jerusalem, July 14. (PTI): Signaling continuity in India's defense ties with Israel, Navy Chief-in-waiting, Vice-Admiral Arun Prakash, who is currently on a three-day trip to Israel, will visit various naval establishments and interact with senior officials here.
Admiral Prakash, the second high ranking officer to visit Israel after the Congress-led UPA Government came to power at the Centre, will meet senior officers of the Israeli Navy to explore areas of cooperation, official sources said here.
Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Shantano Choudhary, had visited Israel last month and was shown army facilities in both the Golan Heights and the Negev Desert in the south of Israel.
India and Israel, for the past six years, have entered into major defense deals running into thousands of crores of rupees. The deals include supply by Israel of Phalcon Air-borne Early Warning System, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), ground sensors and Travor Infantry Combat Assault Rifles.
Allaying anxiety in Israel regarding the future course of Indo-Israel defense ties, sources said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee, and other senior officials have already made it clear that the ties have sound foundations and "the current visit will put an end to all unnecessary speculations."