India and US Forge ‘Transformative’ Defense Roadmap


In a significant development, our nation and the United States have jointly announced the establishment of a new roadmap for future defense industrial cooperation. This initiative aims to revolutionize the partnership between the defense sectors of both nations by facilitating technology cooperation and co-production in critical areas such as air combat, land mobility systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, munitions, and the undersea domain. The announcement came during delegation-level talks between Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his American counterpart Lloyd J. Austin, reflecting a renewed commitment to deepen collaboration in the defense sector.India and US forge closer ties amid pandemic

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) emphasized the transformative nature of this roadmap, stating, “This initiative aims to change the paradigm for cooperation between US and Indian defense sectors, including a set of specific proposals that could provide India access to cutting-edge technologies and support our nation’s defense modernization plans.” The Indian defense ministry, in its response, highlighted that both nations will identify opportunities for co-development of new technologies, co-production of existing and new systems, and increased collaboration between defense start-ups.

India and US Unveil ‘Game-Changing’ Defense Collaboration Roadmap

Several key areas were discussed during the talks, including the prospect of manufacturing GE-414 fighter jet engines in India through technology transfer. Furthermore, the acquisition of advanced drones from the US for the Indian military, the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, and the vision of a free and rules-based Indo-Pacific region were also key topics of conversation.

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India, US firm up ambitious roadmap for defence industrial cooperationThe officials involved in the dialogue expressed optimism regarding the announcement of the GE-414 engine deal during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the US, stating that these engines will power India’s indigenous fighters, including the light combat aircraft (LCA) Mk-2, the advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA), and the twin-engine deck-based fighter (TEDBF).

The talks also encompassed discussions on the procurement of Predator drones from the US, with both sides actively working towards finalizing the details and quantities required. It is worth noting that the Indian Navy had previously leased a pair of MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones from the US in 2020, enhancing its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities in the Indian Ocean. The potential acquisition of Predator drones is expected to bolster India’s defense capabilities further.India, US Finalise Roadmap for Fast-Tracking Defence Tech Transfer

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Another important aspect of the talks was the focus on removing obstacles to industrial cooperation. Both nations agreed to initiate negotiations on a new arrangement that would allow them to access each other’s industrial resources, addressing any unanticipated disruptions in the supply chain to meet their security needs. The establishment of closer industry-to-industry partnerships and the creation of resilient supply chains were identified as critical components of this cooperation.

In addition to the discussions between Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Secretary Lloyd Austin, talks were also held between US National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Secretary Austin. The US statement highlighted their commitment to collaborating closely with India in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific, emphasizing the importance of maintaining freedom of action for countries in the region in line with their national priorities. The officials stressed the significance of defense innovation and cooperation in emerging domains such as space, cyberspace, and artificial intelligence.

India and US Forge New Defense Collaboration Roadmap, Strengthening Strategic Partnership

They applauded the launch of the new Advanced Domains Defense Dialogue and expressed their commitment to expanding the scope of bilateral defense cooperation to encompass all domains. The establishment of the India-US Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) was also welcomed as a new initiative to promote cutting-edge technology cooperation.

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To complement the government-to-government collaboration, the US-India Business Council is set to launch the India-US Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) on June 21. This initiative aims to foster innovative partnerships between US and Indian companies, investors, start-up accelerators, and academic research institutions.

General Bipin Rawat On New Role As Chief Of Defence Staff: Will Plan  StrategyBoth sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening operational collaboration across all military services to support India’s leading role as a security provider in the Indo-Pacific. They discussed opportunities to enhance information sharing and cooperation in the maritime domain, with Secretary Austin welcoming our nation leadership role in the Quad Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain Awareness Initiative (IPMDA), which aims to provide cutting-edge domain awareness capabilities to countries across the region.

In summary, the joint announcement of the defense collaboration roadmap between our nation and the United States marks a significant milestone in their strategic partnership. With its transformative potential, this roadmap sets the stage for enhanced defense cooperation, technology sharing, and co-production, thereby bolstering the defense capabilities of both nations and fostering stability in the Indo-Pacific region.


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