Par­rikar to Visit USA

De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar's visit to the us in de­cem­ber is ex­pected to pro­pel the indo-us re­la­tion­ship to a new level

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De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar’s visit to the US in De­cem­ber is ex­pected to pro­pel the Indo-US re­la­tion­ship to a new level.

the IM­PEND­ING Visit OF the de­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar to the united states on de­cem­ber 9 and 10 would build on the al­ready deep en­gage­ment be­tween the two sides in de­fence and strate­gic arena. it is sig­nif­i­cant that the visit has been sched­uled within six months of the visit to new delhi of the us sec­re­tary of de­fense ashton Carter in June this year dur­ing which the path for long-term de­fence and strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween the two largest democ­ra­cies had al­ready been cleared. Par­rikar's visit would be ex­pected to pro­pel the re­la­tion­ship to a new level.

the visit is tak­ing place on the back of re­ported us de­ci­sion to sell F-16s and bell ah-1Z Viper at­tack he­li­copters to Pak­istan. this us de­ci­sion has irked in­dia as it in­tends to rearm in­dia's arch ri­val with so­phis­ti­cated mil­i­tary air­craft. which cer­tainly are not meant for use against ter­ror­ists or the tal­iban. us arms sup­plied to Pak­istan have al­ways been used against in­dia and once again the Pak­istani army has been suc­cess­ful in black­mail­ing the us lead­ers.

ac­cord­ing to the lat­est us Con­gres­sional Re­port, the Pen­tagon has cleared mil­i­tary hard­ware worth $5.4 bil­lion af­ter the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tack on the us de­fense head­quar­ters in Wash­ing­ton DC and the World trade Cen­ter in new york. this in­cludes the so­phis­ti­cated F-16 fight­ers. In­ter­est­ingly, the mil­i­tary hard­ware were sup­plied to Pak­istan in the 10-year frame­work, for which the logic given was that is­lam­abad needs ca­pac­ity build­ing to fight ter­ror­ists in its border ar­eas. how­ever, Pak­istan has al­ways been suc­cess­ful in dup­ing the us ad­min­is­tra­tion, though, ex­perts also say that the us has never been obliv­i­ous of the ac­tual use of the weapon sys­tems and plat­forms sup­plied to Pak­istan. though, both us and in­dia claim to be strate­gic part­ners, us has never lis­tened to in­dian cries of arm­ing Pak­istan at the cost of in­dia's se­cu­rity.

Par­rikar would take for­ward the de­ci­sions reached be­tween the two sides and fur­ther dis­cuss ways and means to pro­mote the Make in in­dia pro­gramme of Prime Min­is­ter naren­dra Modi in the de­fence sec­tor. the us has also evinced keen in­ter­est in ask­ing its de­fence sec­tor to man­u­fac­ture in in­dia for its armed forces and ex­port them too to Third World coun­tries. Sources in the in­dian Min­istry of de­fence said that the us and in­dia would dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­i­ties of rais­ing the level of bi­lat­eral ex­er­cises and re­view the progress made in the joint work­ing group on air­craft car­rier as well as iden­tify tech­nolo­gies that could be ob­tained by the in­dian armed forces un­der the for­eign mil­i­tary sales pro­gramme of the us gov­ern- ment. to cre­ate ground for the in­ter­ac­tions be­tween in­dia and the us, two high level in­dian del­e­ga­tions would be vis­it­ing the us. the in­dia-us de­fence Pol­icy and Pro­cure­ment Group will meet in Wash­ing­ton on novem­ber 13, in which asha Ram, the di­rec­tor gen­eral (ac­qui­si­tion), would be lead­ing the in­dian side. the in­dia-us de­fence Pol­icy group will meet four days later, when the in­dian de­fence sec­re­tary g. Mo­han Ku­mar will have a meet­ing with the us un­der sec­re­tary of De­fense Pol­icy Christine E. Wor­muth.

dur­ing the last visit of ashton Carter four ma­jor is­sues were agreed upon. the first one was the New De­fence Frame­work, which will build upon the ear­lier one and would give di­rec­tion to the bi­lat­eral de­fence and strate­gic part­ner­ship for the next decade. Re­gard­ing projects the two sides fi­nalised the joint de­vel­op­ment of Mo­bile elec­tric hy­brid Power sources and the next gen­er­a­tion Pro­tec­tive en­sem­bles. the two sides had also agreed to pursue projects of co-de­vel­op­ment and co-pro­duc­tion that will of­fer good pos­si­bil­i­ties for us de­fence sec­tor to build de­fence part­ner­ship with in­dian com­pa­nies in­clud­ing the pro­posed Make in in­dia pro­gramme. the two sides had also agreed to take for­ward co­op­er­a­tion on jet en­gines, air­craft car­rier de­sign and con­struc­tion, etc.

dur­ing Carter's visit, the two sides had dis­cussed in­dia-us strate­gic part­ner­ship and had also ex­changed views on emerg­ing re­gional se­cu­rity dy­nam­ics. dur­ing the forth­com­ing Par­rikar visit to Wash­ing­ton, the two sides would carry for­ward the dis­cus­sion on is­sues rang­ing from the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in south China sea where the us navy had dared the Chi­nese navy to chal­lenge, when the amer­i­can war­ships had ven­tured very near to the ar­ti­fi­cial is­land cre­ated by China for mil­i­tary pur­poses and ex­pand­ing its ter­ri­to­rial lim­its in the south China sea. afghanistan, Cen­tral asia, West Asia and In­dia-Pak­istan re­la­tions are also ex­pected to fig­ure dur­ing the talks. By or­der­ing the 15 Chi­nook and 22 apache he­li­copters, the in­dian gov­ern­ment has al­ready im­pressed the us ad­min­is­tra­tion with its se­ri­ous­ness in en­gag­ing with the US de­fence firms. The US is al­ready eye­ing more or­ders from in­dia. boe­ing has of­fered the F-18 su­per hor­nets to be man­u­fac­tured in In­dia to ful­fill the needs of the in­dian air Force for the medium multi-role com­bat air­craft. also, boe­ing has al­ready an­nounced that ei­ther apaches or the Chi­nooks would be as­sem­bled in in­dia.

if th­ese devel­op­ments ma­te­ri­alise, usin­dia re­la­tions will as­sume new di­men­sions as the US com­pa­nies would for the first time en­ter in­dian de­fence sec­tor di­rectly. dur­ing Par­rikar's visit to the us, all th­ese is­sues will cer­tainly be ex­plored.

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