India, U.S. talk defence partnership
- India and the U.S. finalised the specifications for designating India a ‘Major Defence Partner’ of the U.S.
- This status puts India on a par with the closest allies and partners of the U.S.
- India was accorded this status during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington in June.
- The designation as a ‘Major Defence Partner’ is a status unique to India and institutionalises the progress made to facilitate defence trade and technology sharing with India to a level at par with that of the United States’ closest allies and partners, and ensures enduring cooperation into the future.
- This status is bestowed upon the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) countries and the U.S. treaty allies such as Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea.
- Both sides reviewed the progress in defence ties in recent years, and welcomed the “tremendous progress” achieved under the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) intended to promote opportunities for co-production and co-development of weapon systems and platforms.
- The DTTI will strengthen India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
- In the past two years, some major agreements were signed, including the Defence Framework Agreement in 2015, which laid a blueprint for collaboration between the defence establishments and the logistics support agreement Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA).