U.S.-Indian defense cooperation is poised for more growth, with the two nations looking for ways to jointly develop weapon systems, a top Pentagon official said Sept. 30.
In recent months, the United States has proposed that the two nations work together on a series of projects, including developing a next-generation version of the Javelin, an American anti-tank missile, said U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. The Indian government is reviewing those proposals, including whether the projects would meet its military needs and whether it could afford to participate, according to Carter, who spoke at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.
As the two large, democratic countries have grown closer in recent years, India has become a major buyer of U.S. defense equipment, including C-17 transport aircraft and P-8 maritime patrol aircraft. But New Delhi, which is eager to become more advanced technologically, wants to deepen that relationship to include co-development, said Carter, who visited India in mid-September.
"Our goal is for India to have all the capabilities it needs to meet its security requirements and to be a key partner in that effort," Carter said.
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