US, Indian Military Seek to Further Defense Partnership

ArmyChopperThe Defense Department is looking to collaborate with the Indian military for initiatives aimed at further developing new defense capabilities for both countries, American Forces Press Service reported Monday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes Deputy Secretary Ash Carter introduced to Indian military officials a collaborative defense proposal for a program to jointly build a Javelin antitank defense system.

Carter told an audience at the Center for American Progress the proposal aims to address the military requirements of the U.S. and Indian military forces in cooperation with the U.S. industry, the Press Service reports.

That program is intended to build on the Defense Trade Initiative, which was developed by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, according to the report.

Carter said the collaboration will also focus on research and development for which the DoD intends to provide incentives, the Press Service reports


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