I’m not sure that India faces a similar threat at the moment, but the flip side of that is that Israel is a laboratory where Islamist terrorists and non-Muslim countries looking to fight terrorism develop the techniques and technologies that eventually go worldwide.
The techniques that Muslim terrorists use to attack Israel are reproduced globally and the techniques that Israel uses to defend against them go global as well.
As Fajr V rockets rained down on Israel from battleground Gaza for a week, many Indian defense planners were keeping a close watch on the performance of Israel’s Iron Dome, which is probably the only deterrent to these homegrown short-range missiles.
It was not just out of curiosity regarding one of the most effective systems against rockets, but also because of the possibility of India acquiring an indigenous version of Iron Dome.
Several months ago, the military scientists in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had suggested that India look at a joint development programme with Israeli firms to develop an Indian version of Iron Dome, which is touted as the most effective system against short-range missiles such as Fajr V rockets. The Indian scientists believe Israel’s plight has several parallels to its threat from Pakistan as well as the vulnerability of its cities from terrorists.
Pakistani terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) could well acquire similar capability that would threaten large groups of Indian population. Even otherwise, the strategic planners have for long been worried about the deadly effect of short-range rockets fired at Indian cities or from across the border.