The penetration of major Israeli aerospace companies into the huge Indian market is characterised by a variety of tactics that are all aimed at putting a heavy hand on larger chunks of the Indian defence procurement budgets.
Late last week, the production facility of NOVA Integrated Systems, a TATA enterprise, began the production of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Electro-Optic Stabilised POP 200 payload.
The NOVA production facility for electro-optic systems is the first of its kind in the Indian private sector and has been set up by NOVA to offer and cater to indigenous design development, manufacture, maintenance and after-sales support capabilities to the Indian defence and paramilitary forces.
NOVA is also in the process of setting up its main facility in the Adibatla area. This is part of the TATA Group's plans to establish an aerospace manufacturing hub in the Hyderabad area. It will cater for the production of UAVs, radars and missile systems.
IAI has identified the bureaucratic difficulties of forming joint companies in India with local parties and is taking a side route - the transfer of know-how to the Indians in return for huge contracts.
This has already paid off and the signs are it will continue to bring good results.
I'm not making a wild guess when I say I believe that this form of transferring know-how by Israeli aerospace companies to their Indian counterparts will become a very routine way of putting the big hand where the money is.