Defense trade relations between Israel and India, which represent Israel’s main alliance in terms of military exports, have remained strong even in the face of the challenges posed by the war in Gaza, as indicated by information provided by sources from both India as well as Israel with direct knowledge of the situation.

Over the last ten years, India has acquired $2.9 billion worth of defense equipment from Israel, ranging from radar systems to surveillance and attack drones, as well as missiles. This cooperation has remained unchanged even after Israel began its military operations in response to the Hamas attacks on October 7, in which the Islamists killed 1,200 victims and captured 253 hostages on Israeli territory.

Despite Israel’s increasing need for ammunition due to these operations, defense supply commitments to India, especially in areas such as radars and other key components, have remained uninterrupted.

According to sources, this is due to a concerted effort by Israel to ensure that its export obligations to India remain intact, including the supply of components for unmanned aerial vehicles. These statements come from individuals who preferred anonymity, given the sensitivity of the information.

Despite requests for comment, both the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and the Israeli embassy in New Delhi have remained silent on these issues. However, the prominent presence of Israeli arms manufacturers at the Singapore Air Show marks a visible return to international forums after the pause caused by the war in Gaza.

India, recognized as the world’s largest importer of weapons, with acquisitions amounting to $37 billion between 2012 and 2022, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, has sought to diversify its sources of weapons beyond its traditional dependence on Russia.

Israel is positioned as the fourth largest supplier of military material to India, after Russia, France, and the United States.

In an effort to reduce its dependence on Russian imports, India has expanded its purchases from other countries and encouraged the development of its domestic arms manufacturing sector.

A notable example of this cooperation is the partnership between Israel’s Elbit Systems and the Indian conglomerate Adani Group for the production of the Hermes 900 UAV in India, intended for both the Israeli market and exports.