The United States and India will co-develop drones, a senior Pentagon official mentioned Thursday, as Washington seeks nearer ties with Delhi as a approach of countering China.
India will construct these plane and export them to different international locations in its area, this official mentioned.
Delhi needs to diversify its weaponry, which is especially Russian-made, and in addition to develop its personal protection trade.
“And we want to support India on both fronts and are doing so,” Eli Ratner, assistant secretary of protection for Indo-Pacific safety affairs, advised a bunch of reporters and protection consultants.
“In practical terms, that means that we’re going to be working closely with India on co-producing and co-developing capabilities that will support India’s own defense modernization goals,” Ratner mentioned.
India can then “export to our partners across the region, including in South and Southeast Asia at affordable price points.”
Ratner cited the opportunity of creating drones launched from airplanes and anti-drone protection methods.
He additionally mentioned the Pentagon is contemplating within the close to and medium time period “opportunities to co-produce major capabilities,” however didn’t say which of them.
“We’re having good conversations with our counterparts in the Indian government at the highest levels about our respective priorities in that regard, and we hope to have more to announce on this front before too long,” Ratner mentioned.
Ties between the United States and India had been troubled for a few years, however their shared wariness of an aggressive China introduced the international locations nearer collectively underneath Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former president Donald Trump.
In 2016, the United States designated India as a “major defense partner,” and since then, the 2 international locations have signed agreements that facilitate transfers of top-grade arms and deepen navy cooperation.
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