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Modi’s Israel Visit to Spur Missile Deals: Sources

  • Anti-tank, air-defense missiles included in $2 billion deal
  • Move part of Modi’s plan to modernize India’s armed forces
Narendra Modi.

Narendra Modi.

Photographer: Graham Crouch/Bloomberg
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India is close to signing two defense deals with Israel as it seeks to deepen ties with the Middle Eastern nation before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in July, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The deals include anti-tank missiles and a naval air defense weapon system, the people said, asking not to be identified given the information is private. Still, the plan for the first trip to Israel by an Indian prime minister indicates that cooperation goes beyond Delhi’s status as the largest buyer of Israeli military hardware.