Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla mentioned that in the first-ever meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden, Biden reaffirmed the strength of the defence relationship and his unwavering commitment to India as a major defence partner. Instead of 60 minutes, the meeting between the two delegates lasted for 90 minutes.
Referring to the meeting, Shringla mentioned that the leaders welcomed the deepening of advanced industrial cooperation in the defence sector. In addition, the delegates emphasized and highlighted the areas such as co-development, co-production, and expansion of industrials cooperation in the defence sector.
Having concluded four major defence enabling agreements since 2016, the United States and India have made significant progress as Major Defense Partners. Releasing a statement, the White House mentioned that America looks forward to further increasing information sharing, bilateral and multilateral exercises, maritime security cooperation, liaison officer exchanges, and logistical cooperation.
Back in July, for the improvement of the US-India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI), the United States and India agreed to a $22 million project to co-develop air-launched unmanned aerial vehicles. Moreover, the US ‘stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Indian military, having offered state-of-the-art capabilities, such as the F/A-18, F-15EX, and F-21 fighter aircraft, MQ-9B unmanned aerial systems, the IADWS missile system, and additional P-8I maritime patrol aircraft.
India’s premier strategic airlift capabilities enable its military to provide critical humanitarian relief and evacuation operations to the Indian Ocean region and beyond.
According to the fact sheet, the US Air Force and US firm Lockheed Martin (LM) recently concluded a $329 million contract to provide maintenance for India’s C-130J transport aircraft fleet.
In June, Lockheed Martin delivered India’s first two MH-60R multi-mission maritime helicopters. These platforms were assembled in Troy, Alabama, as well as Stratford, Connecticut, and integrated in Owego, New York, and allow India access to the multi-role helicopter global supply chain.