India and US on Friday discussed the further movement in Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) and the core technologies listed under the initiative. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar who has been on his maiden visit to the US met the secretary of Defence Ash Carter at Pentagon and discussed the progress made towards working groups established for aircraft carrier technology, jet engine technology amongst others.
“At the Pentagon, Minister Parrikar and Secretary Carter held their third meeting. They discussed the India-US defense relationship and broader India-US strategic partnership and focused on ways to maintain the strong momentum of security and defense engagement, including means to further move the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) forward. Secretary Carter and Minister Parrikar expressed satisfaction with DTTI progress to date. They committed to identifying additional projects for possible co-development and co-production of high technology items that meet the transformational intent of DTTI,” a defence ministry statement said here.
According to the statement, Parrikar and Carter commended positive discussions at the Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Technology Cooperation (JWGACTC), especially in the area of Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE), and progress to be achieved at the second meeting of the JWGACTC in February 2016 in India. “They further expressed satisfaction that the Jet Engine Technology Joint Working Group (JETJWG), which met this week in Bengaluru, had concluded its Terms of Reference and had a productive discussion on cooperation in this area,” the statement said.
Besides a range of other issues including the threat posed by ISIL and entities such as Al-Qa’ida and its affiliates, Lashkar-e-Tayibba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, D Company, the Haqqani Network, and other regional terror groups, the two also spoke about maritime cooperation, the government’s make in India programme and the cooperation between Indian and US companies in light of the same.