In a bid to bolster its defences against missiles, India has acquired the Green Pine radar from Israel, Defence Secretary Yogendera Narain said on Friday.
He said that the radar, which is mainly used in the role of Airborne Warning and Control System when mounted on a flying platform, would be used for "advanced research" purposes.
The radar is capable of predicting impact points of incoming Tactical Ballistic Missiles enabling early warning of the civil population in endangered areas.
It also calculates the place from where the missile has been launched, enabling real-time counterattack.
While confirming that an Israeli defence delegation had recently visited India, Narain, when asked to comment on media reports that New Delhi had requested Tel Aviv for Ofek spy satellite and Arrow anti-missile system, said talks had not centred on these issues as they were not operational yet.
On the Israeli Phalcon AWACS project, the defence secretary said these were highly operational matters and could not be disclosed.
On the visit of the Israeli delegation headed by Major General Amos Yaron, the director general of the defence ministry, Narain said it was part of a "frequent interaction" between the two governments.
Israel had in the recent years become one of the largest arms suppliers to India, he added.
Narain said as part of moves to check infiltration across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, the defence ministry had cleared purchase of all varieties of night vision devices in large numbers.
On the US offer of sale of advanced sensors to check infiltration, Narain said New Delhi was trying to find the best available technology in this regard.
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