India-US to Expand Information Sharing for Deeper Military Cooperation

By siliconindia   |   Tuesday, 27 September 2022, 22:43 IST
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India-US to Expand Information Sharing for Deeper Military Cooperation

India and the US are committed to deeper defense cooperation in sharing emerging technological and military information to enhance their military cooperation.

FREMONT, CA: On his visit to the US, S. Jaishankar, the Indian External Affairs minister, met with US defense secretary Lloyd J. Austin in Washington. During their discussions, a commitment to deeper defense cooperation, including sharing emerging technologies and military information sharing and logistics.

On Tuesday, the US Department of Defense shared the details, stating that as the US and India progress toward a more advanced stage in their relationship, secretary Austin and minister Jaishankar agreed to expand information-sharing and logistics cooperation to drive deeper operational coordination between the countries’ militaries.

The two nations discussed new bilateral defense industrial cooperation opportunities in support of India’s contributions as a regional security provider. This includes the launch of a new defense dialogue later this year. The US and India are working more closely across various fields, including space, cyber, artificial intelligence, and other technology areas. All these indicate assurance of military preparedness for future challenges.

While expressing opinions on the Indo-Pacific, the two leaders underscored the value of strengthening collaboration between the two countries and Australia, Japan, and European partners. The US stated that it seeks to collaborate with India and other like-minded partners to promote regional security, prosperity, and transparency, including the Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness. Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to working together as steadfast partners to advance the countries’ shared vision for a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.

Military cooperation between the US and India is always at its peak when Indian and US service members regularly exercise together. The two governments share information and intelligence based explicitly on the geospatial agreement signed between the governments in 2020. India also participates in the American international military education and training program.

In addition, India operates US platforms like Boeing C-17 and Lockheed Martin C-130J planes, the maritime surveillance plane Boeing P8-I, and Predator, the high-end US drones, on lease to scan threats. Three separate helicopter types are also sourced from the US: the attack copter Apache, the heavy lift Chinook, and the submarine hunting capable MH60R.