US-India Defense Cooperation Gains Momentum

By siliconindia   |   Thursday, 11 January 2024, 19:31 IST
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US-India Defense Cooperation Gains Momentum

The workshop successfully emphasized the growing cooperation between the US and India in defense and security. This includes increased trade, technology sharing, joint exercises, and collaboration on disaster relief efforts.

In a collaborative effort, the US Consulate General Hyderabad, US Consulate General Kolkata, and CUTS International orchestrated a comprehensive workshop entitled Defense News Conclave: Stories of U.S.-India Defense and Security Partnership. The primary objective was to underscore the robust bilateral defense and security ties between the US and India, emphasizing the escalating strategic relationship in the Indo-Pacific region.

In her introductory comments, U.S. Consul General Jennifer Larson recognized the significant progress in the defense ties between the two countries. She highlighted the substantial role played by the U.S. as a major supplier of defense equipment to India, evolving into its largest military exercise collaborator over the past two decades. Larson noted that bilateral defense trade has witnessed remarkable growth, soaring from virtually zero in 2008 to nearly U.S. $25 billion by the close of 2023.

The Consul  General shed light on the collaboration between US aerospace companies and their Indian counterparts, specifically fostering technology transfer and bolstering India's indigenous defense production capabilities. Stressing the shared commitment, Larson mentioned that both nations have undertaken initiatives to enhance interoperability and coordination, signing technical agreements to broaden India's access to cutting-edge American defense technology.

Consul General Larson underscored the upswing in joint U.S.-India military exercises and cooperation by addressing a distinguished audience of panelists and workshop participants. Larson emphasized the significance of joint service exercises like Tiger Triumph, citing their crucial role in enabling effective collaboration between the two navies, particularly in disaster relief efforts following events such as tsunamis, earthquakes, and floods across the region.

Larson affirmed the US commitment to fostering a region characterized by freedom, openness, interconnectedness, and prosperity for all. This commitment underscores the shared vision of both nations in ensuring stability and well-being in the Indo-Pacific region.

The workshop provided a platform for meaningful discussions on the progress and prospects of the U.S.-India defense and security partnership. Acknowledging the growing defense trade, technological collaborations, and joint military exercises reflects the deepening ties between the two nations. Furthermore, the emphasis on disaster relief efforts showcases the practical and humanitarian aspects of the strategic relationship, reinforcing the shared commitment to regional stability and security.