India shares a document detailing military technical cooperation with the US

New Delhi: India has submitted a document to the US outlining emerging areas in which military-technical cooperation can be undertaken between the two nations, and specialized teams are likely to conduct visits in the coming weeks to advance proposals that senior Defense Department officials have told ET.

The document, which outlines emerging technology areas where joint development and production would be beneficial, was shared during the recent Two Plus Two Dialogue in the US, with officials saying it was received positively and with enthusiasm .

Officials, who described the dialogue as “very cordial, open-minded and cordial,” said several areas of mutual collaboration have been identified to move forward in the coming months. US defense contractors, including those meeting with Defense Secretary Rajnath Singh, are also likely to invest in India, officials said, adding that India’s commitment to self-reliance has been well received.

Major US arms maker Raytheon is likely to invest $100 million to set up manufacturing and research facilities in India, while Boeing is exploring the possibility of creating a maintenance, repair and overhaul center for systems like the P8I maritime patrol aircraft, which is used by used by both nations. Raytheon’s plans could create over 2,000 jobs in India.

Military systems co-production was a key element of the talks, with emerging technology areas such as artificial intelligence, cyber defense and space cooperation on the table. “Both sides now have a clear understanding that working together on futuristic technologies is the right way to go. It’s a big step beyond a simple buyer-seller relationship,” officials said.

The Indian side also showcased their shipyards for upcoming purchases planned by the US Coast Guard, demonstrating their ability to deliver cost effective, high quality products as well as a proven track record of delivery.

US teams are also expected to visit India soon with a proposal to use Indian shipyards for the repair and overhaul of American warships in the region. Such an arrangement, which would allow US warships to be quickly turned around at Indian facilities, would be an important signal of the level of strategic partnership that has been reached.

“Closer military-military cooperation, increased engagement, information sharing and possible joint patrols were discussed, with a focus on high-end technology sharing,” officials added.

On the strategic front, the Indo-Pacific security scenario was discussed, with both sides sharing their commitment to peace and open access for all. During the talks, the importance of the Quad initiative was acknowledged and increased cooperation was discussed. Defense Secretary Rajnath Singh is likely to visit the remaining Quad nations – Japan and Australia – in the coming months.

On the Russia front, officials said India’s position on the matter had been fully explained and understood by the US. All official comments on the talks have remained positive and constructive.

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