Bangalore, Hyderabad to be key centres in defence tie-up: US envoy Verma

Verma said American companies will make Bangalore and Hyderabad “important sources” for cutting-edge technology.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 6, 2015 3:46 am

Within hours of meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma said that American companies will make Bangalore and Hyderabad “important sources” for cutting-edge technology as co-development and co-production of defence equipments.

He also said that talks between US President Barack Obama and Modi last month have sowed the seeds that have the potential to make US-India partnership the “defining counter-terrorism relationship for the region in the 21st century”.

Verma said that perhaps the truest test of a friendship between countries is the degree to which their armed forces trust and collaborate with each other. “Ties between the US and Indian defence establishments took immense strides forward during President (Obama)’s visit,” he said at a seminar at the Vivekananda International Foundation here.

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Verma wondered if anyone could have imagined a few years ago that the US and India would have agreed to establish a joint working group on aircraft carrier technology. “No example better illustrates the new course of our collaborative relationship than the decision by the US and Indian defence establishments and private sectors to pursue co-development and co-production of defence articles,” he said, adding that such type of defence collaboration was only done with the closest partners.

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