NEW INDO-US DE­FENCE TRADE TASK FORCE SOON

SP's LandForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

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.

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