India-Israel ties got off to a shaky start in 1950. However, defence cooperation gradually increased, finetuning their bilateral relations.
Israel supplied arms to India in its four wars against Pakistan and China. Israel also overlooked US’ sanctions of India to supply weapons.
India became largest purchaser of Israeli weapons in the last decade, becoming one of the most reliable South Asian allies.
India received a flurry of missiles and UAVs from Israel. Reports say the controversial spyware tool Pegasus was also reportedly sourced from Israel.
India's arms import from Israel between 2001 and 2021 amounted to US$ 4.2 billion. The trade boosted New Delhi’s surveillance capabilities.