US offers ground-breaking defence technologies to India

Kendell said the offers in the list also include a helicopter program and an unmanned aerial vehicle program.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Updated: June 14, 2014 10:55 am
Kendall said the US would continue with the initiative while looking for additional opportunities. Kendall said the US would continue with the initiative while looking for additional opportunities.

The US has a number of “ground-breaking” defence technologies, including a helicopter and an unmanned aerial vehicle program, to offer to India for co-development and co-production, a top Pentagon official has said.

“We have a number of offers on the table for India. There’s a ground-breaking offer to share in the next generation of the Javelin missile, co-production and co-development,” Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, told reporters.

He said the offers in the list also include a helicopter program and an unmanned aerial vehicle program.

“We have an artillery piece. We have a number of things in different stages of process,” said Kendall, who has been tasked by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel to lead Pentagon’s Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) with India.

The Indian side during the previous UPA regime was led by former National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon whose replacement is yet to be announced by the Narendra Modi government.

Kendall said the US would continue with the initiative while looking for additional opportunities.

“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 response to a question.

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    Atmya
    Jun 14, 2014 at 5:25 am
    For every lucrative offer provided by such countries, there lies a hidden agenda. They must be getting something from us too, Indian Govt wouldn't tell us. India can develop its own stuff, just need a political will to do it.
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      Arjun Chandrababu
      Jun 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm
      Oops... It looks like US is having stomach ache because of the initiatives taken by Modi government to strengthen our relations with China and positive signs from them. If we make ties with China, then things won't be easier for US in Asia. That's why they are loving India as never before. In my opinion, India, Russia and China should stand together so that no America can play world police.
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        Bharat
        Jun 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm
        Sir this was an ongoing discussion even prior to Modi. Ashton carter was doing this with the indian MOD. At least have some background knowledge before talking. Is the expected drought also Modi effect? What about Kolkata's IPL win? Or Netherlands victory over Spain?
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          Girish
          Jun 14, 2014 at 9:19 am
          all good new but one basic question for US:will there be a transfer of technology or will US choke production and maintenance on its whims?
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            Golongson
            Jun 15, 2014 at 8:33 am
            US policy is mostly anti - India. It perceives anything good in India is bad for its future. It is good for us to stay away from US and develop our own technology.
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              Jayanarayan Kongasseri
              Jun 15, 2014 at 2:31 am
              The offers for higher defence technology is to be grabbed with both hands. India requires help to leap to higher levels to stay safe against chinese might. Conventional warfare is fast becoming obsolate and having numerical supwriority is no more considered as an advantage in modern warfare.
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                jo thomas
                Jun 14, 2014 at 9:15 am
                my suggestion is to have a very strong coperation with our neighbours is stronger than any new bulk weapons
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                  Simbha
                  Jun 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm
                  There ain't no such thing as free lunch.
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                    drom victor
                    Jun 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm
                    India shouldnt have relations with USe on after what they did to us,US should be avoided or destro
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                      landge
                      Jun 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm
                      Hope the US isn't trying to sell their FAILED missile interception systems. Their drones also kill too many civilians to be used in internal conflicts.
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                        Alevoor Rajagopal
                        Jun 15, 2014 at 3:02 am
                        Cooperation and relationship won't develop if the other party doesn't want it. Neighborhood is not all about having goody goody relationship
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                          Alevoor Rajagopal
                          Jun 15, 2014 at 3:06 am
                          This phrase "political will" seems to have become catchy. In my time, it was "foreign hand" that ruled the roost. Looks like times have changed.
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                            Subodh Khanna
                            Jun 14, 2014 at 5:36 am
                            Modi effect
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                              Suresh
                              Jun 14, 2014 at 9:36 pm
                              Before India's buys anything from USA, it should insist on USA not to interfere with the Indo-Iranian gas pipeline.
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                                Vimal Jain
                                Jun 15, 2014 at 3:37 am
                                As I have previously commented The trio of US ,an & India is strategically is very important for the next 50 years so far as geographical/political /military / technologically / human resources , are concerned .
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