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India-US to Raise Defence Tech Ties
Dec 30, 2015

During the recently concluded US visit of Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, both countries had identified 17 new areas for potential cooperation under the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI), a flagship scheme to enhance bilateral strategic partnership, particularly in high technology, launched in 2012.

  • These included radar systems and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Some private companies had expressed interest in manufacturing fighter aircraft in India, and India had sought the U.S. government position on the issue. 

  • Six items earlier considered under the DTTI, two were found unsuitable, but the others were making good progress.

  • India-USA expressed satisfaction over the progress made by two joint working groups—one on aircraft carrier technology cooperation and the other on jet engine technology.

  • In the light of the strengthening relationship between the United States and India, the US Department of Defence has updated its policy on gas turbine engine technology transfer to India.

  • The change in policy is expected to allow U.S. companies working with their Indian counterparts to submit requests for transfer of technology.

Both countries agreed that the political leadership in both countries wants the relationship to move ahead. But, for that to happen, the bureaucracies need to come closer together. It also needs closer ties not only between governments but also between the private sectors of both countries. America’s closest ties are with those countries where the defence relationship is strongest and India would benefit by developing this aspect of the relationship as well.


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