September 15, 2004


India, Israel to hold joint air exercise in ’05 (Indian Express, 9/14/04)

The defence relationship between New Delhi and Tel Aviv has deepened further with India and Israel agreeing in principle to hold joint air exercises involving US-made F-16s and Russian-built Su-30 MKI fighters.

While the modalities of the first ever Indian Air Force and Israeli Air Force exercise will be decided by the executive steering group under the bilateral Defence Cooperation Group, Air Chief S. Krishnaswamy discussed the issue with his Israeli counterpart during his visit to Tel Aviv last week.

The IAF chief interacted with Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz and Israel’s military top brass during his week-long trip. He also also flew a one-hour sortie on a twin-seater F-16 I fighter piloted by Major Jonathan from Ramon air base, south of Tel Aviv last Wednesday.

Sources said both sides were keen on pushing interaction between the two air forces and were all for exchanging operational tactics with each other.

"You pretend to be destroying Iran, we'll pretend to be destroying Pakistan."

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 15, 2004 11:45 AM


Posted by: David Cohen at September 15, 2004 11:57 AM

The US, Russia, India, and Israel need to form an alliance and present the Muslim world with an overall treaty they can't refuse.

Posted by: Andrew X at September 15, 2004 3:17 PM


Posted by: Robert Schwartz at September 15, 2004 5:37 PM

Andrew X:

The US, Russia, India, and Israel, by force of circumstance, already have a de facto alliance against Muslim terror.

Al Qaeda isn't in a position to be signing any treaties, even if we were inclined to trust their word, and no Muslim state is officially at war with any of the named nations, except Israel.
Pakistan isn't going to be shoved around by India, no matter who's got India's back... Plus, the US needs Paki cooperation right now.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 15, 2004 5:51 PM

Don't confuse legalese treaties such as NATO with alliances. NATO was an unprecedented attempt to combine a hodge podge of armies into an integrated command structure. Most alliances do not need that level of integration, just consultation, coordination, and mutual aide. All of which we're doing now.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at September 16, 2004 12:23 PM