Indian air force chief visits Israel

Visit expected to include talks of upgrading India’s fleet of drones.

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January 21, 2013 00:48
Gantz greets India’s Air Chief Marshal Nak Browne

Gantz greets India’s Air Chief Marshal Nak Browne 370. (photo credit: IDF Spokesman)

 
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India’s air chief, Marshal Nak Browne, is in Israel for an official visit at the invitation of his Israeli counterpart, Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel.

He was received by Eshel and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen. Benny Gantz, as well as by an honor guard at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

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Browne spoke with IDF brass about military cooperation between India and Israel. He is set to meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak this week as well.

During his visit, Browne will tour Israel Air Force bases and fighter jet squadrons and will receive briefings on the IAF’s activities.

The Indian Zee news website added that an upgrade to India’s fleet of drones would feature highly in the talks, as well as the status of an air-defense system being developed jointly by Israel and India.

Browne served as the first Indian military attache to Israel between 1997 and 2000 and founded the defense wing at the Indian embassy in Israel.

He is also due to lay a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.

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