Can Is­raeli tech­nol­ogy pro­tect In­dia’s borders?

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Iftikhar Gi­lani correspondent@ dnain­dia. net

New Delhi: The Cen­tral gov­ern­ment is tread­ing cau­tiously with re­gard to the Is­raeli of­fer to repli­cate its so­lu­tions to se­cure In­dian borders. To thwart cross­bor­der at­tacks like the one in Uri and be­fore that on the Pathankot air­base, an Is­raeli mil­i­tary ex­pert re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ing so­lu­tions to se­cure borders says his coun­try’s tech­niques can be repli­cated to se­cure In­dia’s 14 borders in­clud­ing sea- lanes.

Col ( retd) Ram Dor, a cy­ber se­cu­rity ex­pert and for­mer chief of In­for­ma­tion Divi­sion of Is­raeli De­fence Forces ( IDF) says bor­der pro­tec­tion in­volves an in­te­grated ap­proach cou­pled with a maze of ini­tia­tives start­ing from pro­cure­ment of in­tel- ligence to putting up sen­sors, cam­eras and UAVs and link­ing them to a sin­gle com­mand and con­trol cen­tre with di­rect con­trol over the spe­cial forces. He says Tel Aviv is will­ing to part­ner In­dia to thwart cy­ber threats, pro­tect borders, cre­ate safe and smart cities and also de­vise home­land se­cu­rity tech­nolo­gies and so­lu­tions.

Re­call­ing that in Novem­ber 2014, Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh had vis­ited one of the bor­der out­posts in Gaza, the of­fi­cer says he was shown the tech­nol­ogy used in the highly so­phis­ti­cated bor­der se­cu­rity sys­tem of Is­rael which in­cludes high- qual­ity long- range day cam­eras along with night ob­ser­va­tion sys­tems em­ploy­ing third gen­er­a­tion ther­mal im­agers. The Is­raeli bor­der fenc­ing along West Bank, Gaza and Egypt also con­sists of lat­ticed steel, topped and edged with ra­zor wire, ex­tend­ing at least two me­tres be­low the ground and in some sec­tions reach­ing seven me­tres above the ground. In cer­tain “dark ar­eas” where fenc­ing is not pos­si­ble, Is­rael uses radars and UAVs which trans­mit di­rectly to the com­mand and con­trol cen­tre, manned round- the- clock by Is­raeli mil­i­tary lady of­fi­cers, who are in con­stant touch with spe­cial forces on ground.

“We started with Le­banon in the north with a sim­ple fence with very mi­nor sen­sors,” Dor told dna. “Then we de­vel­oped the sec­ond stage when we de­vel­oped our bor­der be­tween Is­rael and Jor­dan- Sume­ria and along the Gaza Strip,” he adds. Fol­low­ing this, he says, the third layer was de­vel­oped which he de­scribes as “the most ad­vanced one”, which was with Syria. “We have three lay­ers start­ing with in­tel­li­gence try­ing to bring in an alert when­ever there is an on­com­ing at­tack, go­ing into the level that we can cover as much area as we can with all types of sen­sors,” he says.

De­spite ac­count­ing for one­tenth of one per cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion, Is­rael has at­tracted some 20% of its global pri­vate in­vest­ment in cy­ber se­cu­rity. While ad­dress­ing the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly, Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said his coun­try was punch­ing a whop­ping 200 times above its weight.

But, the of­fi­cials in the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs in In­dia are treat­ing the Is­raeli of­fers with cau­tion. They re­call that the Home Min­istry has ear­lier burnt its fin­gers in procur­ing 32,766 tele­scopic night vi­sion de­vices ( NVDs), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with an Is­raeli de­fence com­pany, for the para­mil­i­tary forces dur­ing the pre­vi­ous UPA gov­ern­ment. But the NVDs failed to give the de­sired re­sults at the tri­als con­ducted by the BSF in Gur­gaon.

Is­raeli de­fence ex­pert Ram Dor

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