US has an impressive range of weaponry to offer to Indian army under the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI). The Indian taskforce could soon be equipped with the cutting-edge defense technology.
“We have a number of offers on the table for India. There’s a groundbreaking offer to share in the next generation of the Javelin missile, co-production and co-development,” undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, revealed to press.
He also added that the list of armaments also include a helicopter program and an unmanned aerial vehicle program. Thus, under the defense technology transfer program between US-India, the Indian army will be armed with the new-age arms like artillery pieces, attack helicopters, Javelin missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Kendall, who has come on behest of US defense secretary Chuck Hagel to lead Pentagon’s Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) with India, commented that, “We have an artillery piece. We have a number of things in different stages of process.”
The discussion for the defense deals between the two nations is at different stages and would also take account of the rights to co-produce and co-develop. The DTTI progression was introduced by former National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon under the rule of former government. The replacement for former National Security Advisor, Menon is yet to be found by the current government.
The talks will also undertake the subject around transference of science and technology, in addition to the arms deal. With the offer on table of world-class weapons, Kendall said that the US would carry on while side by side considering for additional prospects. “We also had some good discussions about science and technology cooperation that we need to continue. So to some extent, it will be continuing the work that we’ve already started, but we’re also looking for additional opportunities. So I think there’s a lot of potential there,” he said in while speaking to the reporters.
India is amongst the leading importers of arms in the world. However, the questions concerning India’s self-ability to meet its defense needs have been raised often. During the last year of his reign when the former PM visited White House in September 2013, signed up a commitment to purchase defense technology under Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) of worth USD 5 billion.
There was a significant progress between India-US defense ties in year 2005, when the former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, signed the Civil Nuclear deal. The much talked deal also paved way for an accelerated Indo-US Defense Corporation. The figures clearly show the impact of post deal state on Indo-US joint defense trade as from being USD 100 million in the past, the investment has reached to billions.
This advancement can be judged well from the fact that even after the last year’s political upheaval after arrest of a junior Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade,, the Indian side signed yet another contract of a $1.01-billion deal for the six additional C-130J military transport aircraft.