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U.S Considers Relaxing Defence Export Policies and Seeks Closer Maritime Engagement with India
As a step towards advancement of greater Defence ties, the US is considering reforms in the United States export control system for sensitive dual-use technology and weapon systems for India. With India continuing as the top arms importer in the world, the US aims to win multi-billion contracts for Defence equipment from India by relaxing these laws. In addition, India’s significant geostrategic location and the growing maritime clout have forced the US to have a greater engagement with India to ensure secure international trade through the sea lanes.
US Expects Hike in Arms Sales to India
After emerging as one of the top arms supplier to India over the last decade with nearly $8-billion worth of deals, the US is expecting to further hike its military sales to the South Asian nation in 2013 too, building on the boost in the bilateral ties between the two countries and the successful visit of American Defence Secretary Leon Panetta to New Delhi last week. “We are hopeful that arms sales to India will increase. We’ve made tremendous progress in the relationship over the last decade. We went from nearly zero sales to about $8 billion in sales.
U.S Defence Secretary Panetta Meets Antony, Discusses Security Situation and Expansion of Strategic Ties
The Indian Defence Minister AK Antony has held a meeting with his visiting US counterpart Leon Panetta in New Delhi where India’s Defence acquisitions and its role in the region were discussed. The US Secretary of Defence has concluded his two day visit to India and met the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon earlier as well and discussed the Indo-US Defence cooperation. The U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has assured that US would initiate measures to facilitate technology access and sharing.
Move Beyond Buyer-Seller Relationship, Antony to US
Looking to spend over USD 100 billion in weapons procurement over the next decade, India has asked the United States to move beyond the buyer-seller relationship and provide access to high tech items and transfer of technology of key equipment. During a meeting with his US counterpart Leon Panetta, Antony said, "the priority for India is to move beyond the buyer-seller transactions and to focus on transfer of technologies and partnerships to build indigenous capabilities.”
No Cut in Javelin Sales to India: Panetta
Allaying doubts over the sale of Javelin anti-tank missile to India, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta Wednesday said the US is “committed” to providing the weapon to India. Panetta was clarifying the doubts over the reports which suggested that the US has drastically scaled down the number of the new generation missile to be sold to India, putting the entire deal into question. “We have not cut the quantity... I want to reassure that we are committed to the sale of Javelin to India and are working closely not only for that but other (military) sales that will help in increasing (Indian) capability,” he said.
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