New Delhi: As a tangible demonstration of their growing military technological cooperation, India and Israel today signed a bilateral agreement for innovation in dual use technologies and to accelerate research and development in startups and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
The agreement, according to a statment from India’s Ministry of Defence, was signed between its Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israeli Ministry of Defence’s Directorate of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D).
The Bilateral Innovation Agreement (BIA) is aimed at promoting innovation and accelerating research and development in startups and MSMEs of both countries for the development of dual use technologies, it said.
DRDO Chairman and Department of Defence Research and Development Secretary Dr G. Satheesh Reddy and Israeli DDR&D Head Brigadier General Dr Danial Gold (Retired) signed the agreement in New Delhi.
“Under the agreement, startups and industry of both countries will work together to bring out next generation technologies and products in the areas such as drones, robotics, artificial intelligence, quantum technology, photonics, biosensing, brain-machine interface, energy storage, wearable devices, and natural language processing,” the statement said.
“Products and technologies will be customised to meet unique requirements of both the countries. The development efforts will be jointly funded by DRDO and DDR&D, Israel. The technologies developed under BIA will be available to both countries for their domestic applications.”