India, U.S. monitoring defence trade projects

What is the News?

India and the United States held the 11th Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) group meeting.

What is the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI)?

The DTTI mechanism was launched in 2012.

Purpose: To bring sustained leadership focus to the bilateral defence trade relationship and create opportunities for co-production and co-development of defence equipment.

Chaired by: The initiative is led by the Undersecretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment from the United States and Secretary for Defence Protection from India.

Meetings:  The DTTI meetings are normally held twice a year alternating between India and the U.S. However, this meeting was held virtually.

What are the key outcomes of 11th DTII?

Firstly, earlier four Joint Working Groups focused on land, naval, air and aircraft carrier technologies had been established under the DTTI to promote mutually agreed projects. These groups reported to the co-chairs on ongoing activities and collaborative opportunities.

Secondly, India and the US have signed a deal to jointly develop air-launched unmanned aerial vehicles(UAVs).

Thirdly, a virtual expo of the Defence Industry Collaboration Forum was also conducted. The forum offers an opportunity for Indian and U.S. industries to be directly involved in DTTI and facilitates dialogue between government and industry on issues that impact industrial collaboration.

Source: This post is based on the article “India, U.S. monitoring defence trade projectspublished in The Hindu on 11th November 2021.

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