INDO-US DEL­E­GA­TION MEETS FOR DE­FENCE CO­OP­ER­A­TION

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As part of lndo-us Bi­lat­eral De­fence Co­op­er­a­tion, the 8th De­fence tech­nol­ogy and trade Ini­tia­tive (DttI) In­ter Agency task force Meet­ing was held on fe­bru­ary 26 at Delhi. the meet­ing was co-chaired by Deputy Chief of In­te­grated De­fence staff Vice Ad­mi­ral A.K. Jain and Act­ing Di­rec­tor, In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Matthew Warren. the DttI was ini­ti­ated with the aim of bring­ing sus­tained lead­er­ship fo­cus to the bi­lat­eral de­fence trade re­la­tion­ship and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for co-pro­duc­tion and co-de­vel­op­ment of de­fence equip­ment. speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Vice Ad­mi­ral A.K. Jain brought out that In­dia’s De­fence In­dus­try was in a grow­ing stage and look­ing to ac­quire niche tech­nol­ogy in man­u­fac­tur­ing De­fence weapons and equip­ment. this will also give a boost to In­dia’s flag­ship ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive. the us Co-chair, Matthew Warren high­lighted that de­fence co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries is con­tin­u­ing to make progress. Both sides un­der­stand the im­por­tance of DttI in this re­spect and it is a good fo­rum for mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion to take ahead the de­fence ties be­tween the two sides.

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