NEW INDO-US DEFENCE TRADE TASK FORCE SOON
On the back of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the United States where a joint decision was taken renew for ten more years the 2005 Framework for the U.S.-India Defence Relationship, a Task Force will shortly be established to “expeditiously evaluate and decide on unique projects and technologies which would have a transformative impact on bilateral defence relations and enhance India’s defence industry and military capabilities.” Systems that could be the first projects under the new trade initiative include anti-tank systems, electronics and sensors. The new understanding also includes wider cooperation in the area of military education and training, including plans for the United States to cooperate with India’s planned National Defence University. As was recently demonstrated by the Yudh Abhyas 2014 joint exercise, the two countries have also decided to expand military-to-military partnerships including expert exchanges, dialogues, and joint training and exercises. They also specifically agreed to upgrade their existing bilateral exercise Malabar.