• Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

India US Defense News: India, US finalize roadmap for defense-industrial cooperation | India News

India US Defense News: India, US finalize roadmap for defense-industrial cooperation |  India News
New Delhi: India and the US on Monday set the stage for a mega project to jointly manufacture fighter jet engines during the Prime Minister’s term. Narendra ModiA visit to Washington later this month also resolves to further strengthen operational military cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, insisting on China’s “intimidation and coercion”.
The Delegation level meeting between Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin A new Defense-Industrial Cooperation Roadmap for accelerated technical cooperation and co-production of current and future weapons systems and platforms was concluded here. These areas range from air combat and infantry combat vehicles, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems to long-range artillery, smart munitions and underwater domain awareness.

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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh held a bilateral meeting with US Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III.

The immediate acquisition is a major agreement between US company General Electric (GE) and defense PSU Hindustan Aeronautics to jointly manufacture GE-F414 turbofan engines in the 98 kilonewton thrust class in India.
“There will be virtually 100% ToT (Transfer of Technology) for the GE-F414 engines, which will power the indigenous Tejas Mark-2 fighter jets (the existing Tejas Mark-1 jets have less powerful GE-F404 engines.) Stryker armored fighting vehicles, long-range artillery and ISR systems Other plans like co-production are in the discussion stage,” a source told TOI.

“There will be virtually 100% ToT (Transfer of Technology) for the GE-F414 engines, which will power the indigenous Tejas Mark-2 fighter jets (the existing Tejas Mark-1 jets have less powerful GE-F404 engines.) Stryker armored fighting vehicles, long-range artillery and ISR systems Other plans like co-production are in the discussion stage,” a source told TOI.
The roadmap will also help set up the ToT and MRO facilities that India is pushing under the long-term contract to acquire armed Predator or MQ-9B Sea Guardian drones. The high cost of the deal was $3 billion for 30 Predators, prompting India to reduce the requirement to 18, as reported by TOI earlier.
Amid the ongoing military standoff in eastern Ladakh, India briefed the US in a delegation-level meeting about China’s aggressive intentions along the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control, sources said.
“India underlined that China and Pakistan work in conspiracy and should be seen as a single entity. Islamabad should not be trusted with Western defense equipment,” said a source.
On the bilateral front, India and the US are committed to cooperating more closely towards their “shared vision” for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. They also agreed to strengthen operational cooperation across military services with a view to supporting India’s leading role as a security provider in the Indo-Pacific.
Austin said the deepening India-US partnership shows how technological innovation and growing military cooperation between the two “superpowers” can be a force for global good.
“We all face a rapidly changing world. “We see threats and coercion from the People’s Republic of China, Russian aggression against Ukraine, attempts to redraw borders, threats to national sovereignty, and international challenges such as terrorism and climate change,” he said.
Stressing that the U.S. is not seeking to establish a NATO-like structure in the Indo-Pacific, Austin said, “We continue to work with like-minded countries to ensure that the region remains free and open so that commerce can flourish and ideas can continue.” should be handed over. We will continue that work. “
Singh said, “The India-US partnership is critical to ensuring a free, open and rules-based Indo-Pacific region. We look forward to working closely with the US across domains to build capacity and further strengthen our strategic partnership.
The new defense-industrial cooperation roadmap “aims to change the paradigm of cooperation” between the two countries, a set of specific proposals that could give India access to cutting-edge technologies and support its defense modernization plans, the US statement said.
The two countries pledged to review regulatory barriers hindering industry-to-industry cooperation and begin negotiations on “security of supply arrangements” and “mutual defense procurement agreements” that promote long-term stability of supply chains.

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