1 Updates
US makes India groundbreaking defence offer
Photo Credit: , Getty Images

US makes India groundbreaking defence offer

Oct 1 2013, 12:32am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 1 (IANS) In a move reflective of growing defence ties between the two, sealed during last week's visit here of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the US has made India a "groundbreaking collaborative defence proposal" to co-develop with India a next-generation Javelin antitank capability, according to a top defence official.

Washington, Oct 1 — In a move reflective of growing defence ties between the two, sealed during last week's visit here of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the US has made India a "groundbreaking...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

43 weeks ago

US makes India groundbreaking defence offer

Oct 1 2013, 12:32am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 1 (IANS) In a move reflective of growing defence ties between the two, sealed during last week's visit here of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the US has made India a "groundbreaking collaborative defence proposal" to co-develop with India a next-generation Javelin antitank capability, according to a top defence official.

Washington, Oct 1 — In a move reflective of growing defence ties between the two, sealed during last week's visit here of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the US has made India a "groundbreaking collaborative defence proposal" to co-develop with India a next-generation Javelin antitank capability, according to a top defence official.

The proposal addresses a key military requirement for both armies and is an unprecedented offer the US has made unique to India, Deputy Defence Secretary Ash Carter,said Monday at the Centre for American Progress, a Washington think tank.

The Javelin is a manportable, fire-and-forget, antitank missile employed by dismounted infantry to defeat current and future threat armoured combat vehicles.

Carter, who with Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon heads the two countries' Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTI), said the US is committed to continuing to put new ideas on the table.

He was reviewing Friday's "successful meeting" between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama, "the strong and rapidly growing defense partnership between the US and India, as we execute.... the rebalance, so-called, to the Asia Pacific region."

Asserting that US and India are "destined to be partners on the world stage," he said, "we're each big, complicated democracies. We move slowly, but over the long run we also move surely. And that to me is the trajectory for us and India in the defence area."

During a trip to India last month he had delivered a second round of potential capability areas of cooperation proposed by US industry. In India, Carter also made sure to hear from senior Indian industry representatives about their ideas for increasing private-sector partnerships.

The push to reach the next level of defence collaboration and co-development with India comes after 15 months of effort between the countries to overcome bureaucratic obstacles to such work under DTI, Carter said.

Among the advances made possible through DTI, Carter said, involved export controls. "We have demonstrated repeatedly that we can release sensitive technology to India," Carter said.

"We've adapted our system in ways that will speed our release process for India," he added, "especially in the Department of Defence, recognizing that for . all partners this process is subject to case-by-case review and there will always be some technologies that we will keep to ourselves."

Areas of progress include technology transfer, licensing agreements, license exceptions, end-use monitoring and others.

"We've also taken unprecedented steps to identify forward-leaning proposals by industry, from industry on both sides for defence items to be co-produced and-the true measure of our common goal-co-developed by the US and India," Carter said.

These include a maritime helicopter, a naval gun, a surface-to-air missile system and a scatterable antitank system, all of which were discussed with Indian officials during his recent visit, he said.

"In each instance," Carter noted, "the United States has fast-tracked these projects to ensure that our internal processes are ready to go as soon as the Indian government wants to move forward."

US and Indian research and development experts also play a critical role in areas that include the cognitive sciences and others in which the defence department would incentivize increased cooperation by US defence researchers, the deputy secretary said.

"I let the Indian government know last week that I will be incentivizing US researchers who seek and find Indian partners in key research areas we identified previously," he added.

"We'll ensure that those innovative projects receive priority funding. This is an approach we've only ever taken with the United Kingdom and Australia, and now India will join that company."

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

IANS

Source: IANS

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Rocket attack kills girl in Egypt's Sinai
Cairo, July 29 (IANS) A nine-year-old girl was killed and another girl was injured when a rocket hit their house in Egypt's restive Sinai peninsula, an official said Tuesday.
 
 
Six killed in attack on Pakistan politician's house
Islamabad, July 29 (IANS/EFE) At least six people, including a local political leader's brother, were killed Tuesday in an attack by an armed group in northwestern Pakistan, a police official said.
 
 
Mexican artist takes his environmental message to New York
New York, July 29 (IANS/EFE) Mexican artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro is using 122 bicycle sculptures placed around New York City to urge people to get moving, enjoy their freedom and protect the environment.
 
 
Breaking protocol, Nepal PM to personally receive Modi
Kathmandu, July 29 (IANS) Breaking protocol, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala will personally receive his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi when he lands in Kathmandu Aug 3 on a two-day visit.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Harpreet enters men's 25m rapid fire pistol finals, Vijay fails
Glasgow, July 29 (IANS) In a major set back, India's Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar failed to qualify for the men's 25-metre rapid fire pistol finals but Harpreet Singh made up for the disappointment by entering...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Lea Michele to play single mum in biker drama
Los Angeles, July 29 (IANS) "Glee" star Lea Michele will make a guest appearance as a single mother in biker drama "Sons of Anarchy". The actress took to microblogging site Twitter.com Monday to announce her one-...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Green spaces impact birth weight positively
London, July 29 (IANS) Where expecting mothers live can also have a bearing on the birth weight of their babies as researchers have found that mothers who live near green spaces deliver babies with significantly higher...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
What makes you a pessimist?
London, July 29 (IANS) Cannot see thing turning out to be all right? A hyperactive habenula, half the size of a pea in the brain that tracks predictions about negative events, could be the key, a study suggests. A...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Rocket attack kills girl in Egypt's Sinai
Cairo, July 29 (IANS) A nine-year-old girl was killed and another girl was injured when a rocket hit their house in Egypt's restive Sinai peninsula, an official said Tuesday. The rocket was apparently targeted at a...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
India thrash Trinidad and Tobago 14-0 in CWG hockey
Glasgow, July 29 (IANS) The Indian women's hockey team came back strongly from a 0-3 defeat to New Zealand to thrash minnows Trinidad and Tobago 14-0 in their third Pool A match of the Commonwealth Games here. India...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Six killed in attack on Pakistan politician's house
Islamabad, July 29 (IANS/EFE) At least six people, including a local political leader's brother, were killed Tuesday in an attack by an armed group in northwestern Pakistan, a police official said. The attack was made...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Mick Jagger has birthday brunch
Sir Mick Jagger marked his 71st birthday with a family brunch. The Rolling Stones rocker was joined by eight people - including daughters Georgia May and Karis - at Hakkasan New York on Saturday (07.27.14) during a...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kiefer Sutherland wishes Freddie Prinze Jr well
Kiefer Sutherland wishes Freddie Prinze Jr. ''the best''. The 47-year-old actor insists he never had a problem with his former '24' co-star - who claims ''unprofessional'' Kiefer made him want to quit acting - and never...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Taylor Schilling celebrates birthday
Taylor Schilling was serenaded by her castmates at her 30th birthday party at the weekend. The 'Orange is the New Black' actress was joined by several stars of the show, including Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Natasha...
Read more on Celebrity Balla