New Delhi: Greater than a month forward of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s go to to Washington, India and the US on Wednesday held in depth talks specializing in operationalising their ‘Main Defence Partnership’ and co-development of navy platforms.
Boosting defence industrial cooperation, sharing of important know-how and having joint long-term analysis had been additionally the main focus of the seventeenth assembly of India-US Defence Coverage Group (DPG) that was held in Washington.
The 2 sides additionally deliberated on operationalising the ‘Main Defence Partnership’ and methods to enhance provide chain safety on the seventeenth assembly of India-US DPG that was held in Washington.
“The 2 sides reviewed the progress made in furthering defence industrial cooperation and operationalising the India-US main defence partnership,” the defence ministry mentioned.
In June 2016, the US designated India a “Main Defence Associate” paving the best way for sharing of important navy tools and know-how.
Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane and US Beneath Secretary of Defence for Coverage Colin Kahl co-chaired the DPG assembly.
In a press release, the ministry described the talks as “cordial and productive”.
“Essential features comparable to military-to-military cooperation, implementation of foundational defence agreements, workouts and the continuing and future cooperative actions within the Indian Ocean Area had been mentioned,” it mentioned.
The ministry mentioned appreciable focus was given on the methods and means to boost defence industrial cooperation, together with know-how partnership, long-term analysis and growth and bettering provide chain safety.
“The assembly additionally mentioned selling co-development and co-production in India together with potential areas and initiatives the place Indian and US defence corporations may work collectively,” it mentioned.
It mentioned the 2 sides agreed to encourage each the non-public and authorities stakeholders to utilise the innovation ecosystems and promote defence start-ups.
The DPG is the apex official-level mechanism between India’s defence ministry and US division of defence. It comprehensively evaluations and guides all features of bilateral defence cooperation with a give attention to coverage.
The Indo-US defence ties have been on an upswing in the previous few years.
The 2 nations have inked key defence and safety pacts over the previous few years, together with the Logistics Change Memorandum of Settlement (LEMOA) in 2016 that enables their militaries to make use of one another’s bases for restore and replenishment of provides.
The 2 sides additionally signed COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Safety Settlement) in 2018 which offers for interoperability between the 2 militaries and offers for the sale of high-end know-how from the US to India.
In October 2020, India and the US sealed the BECA (Primary Change and Cooperation Settlement) settlement to additional increase bilateral defence ties.
The pact offers for sharing of high-end navy know-how, logistics and geospatial maps between the 2 nations.
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