Further to this post,
the India defence minister reciprocates with an extensive US visit:
US, India Boost Security Ties in Defense Minister Visit
India’s minister of defense, Manohar Parrikar, paid an official visit to the United States this week, beginning with a visit to U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM [website here]) in Hawaii and ending with an inspection of a U.S. nuclear-power aircraft carrier in Virginia.
Parrikar started his trip off in Hawaii, where he became the first Indian defense minister to ever visit PACOM headquarters in what PACOM called a “milestone event.” Also while in Hawaii, Parrikar participated in the Pearl Harbor Commemoration Ceremony on December 7…
Later, at a press conference at the Pentagon, Parrikar said that U.S.-India “cooperation in the area of maritime security is also becoming stronger, especially in the Indian Ocean region.”
Back at PACOM, Parrikar and Harris also touched on the various military exercises both sides participate in, including “Exercises Malabar, Yudh Abhyas, Red Flag, Vajra Prahar, and RIMPAC.” Red Flag is particularly noteworthy — India has only participated once in the air-to-air combat exercise, in 2008. India will join the exercises again next year, according to the Pentagon.
PACOM noted that “the United States is still India’s partner of choice for exercises and military-to-military engagements.” Parrikar later announced that India “is conducting more military exercises with U.S. than any other country.”
After visiting Hawaii, Parrikar traveled to Washington, D.C., where he met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter for the third time, after hosting Carter in New Delhi in June 2015 and meeting again on the sidelines of the ASEAN Defense Minister’s Meeting Plus in Kuala Lumpur…
According to a joint statement issued after the meeting, Parrikar and Carter devoted special attention to the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI). Carter has described that project as an attempt “to create cooperative technology and industrial relationships which are not just the buyer-seller kind.” Parrikar and Carter “committed to identifying additional projects for possible co-development and co-production of high technology items that meet the transformational intent of DTTI,” according to the statement.
They specifically noted positive progress at the Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Technology Cooperation and Jet Engine Technology Joint Working Group. The two sides are in discussion to have the U.S. allow India access to technology to be used in construction of India’s second indigenous aircraft carrier, including nuclear propulsion and electromagnetic aircraft launch systems (EMALS). India and the United States are also looking into tech transfers involving jet engine technology, although the Pentagon is reluctant to provide the latest tech on that front…
In addition to technology cooperation and maritime security, the two sides discussed concerns over terrorism, from Islamic State and al-Qaeda to regional groups like Lashkar-e-Tayibba and the Haqqani Network. “The issue of terrorism was a key topic discussion in all engagements,” Parrikar said in remarks to reporters, although there were no details on how the two sides would cooperate on counterterrorism…
But keep in mind:
And in the background remains that pesky question of human rights in India (especially Kashmir):
Modi’s India: Towards Hindustan?
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