Air chief discusses setting up space command with US

Written by Press Trust of India | Washington | Updated: Aug 1 2013, 02:16am hrs
India and the US discussed a host of issues, including the security situation in south Asia, East China Sea, anti-piracy operations and the USs help in developing two new commands space and cyber, during a recent visit of Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne here. Commander of US Pacific Air Forces and Air Component Commander General Herbert Carlisle said the relationship is great with the Indian air force.

Describing Browne as his good friend, Carlisle said that during the Indian Air Chiefs four-day US visit last week, they talked about a variety of things and regional issues. The other thing that he talked about is that the Indian military is trying to develop a space command on the military side, because right now almost everything that is done in India in space is on the civilian and commercial side, Carlisle said.

They are trying to develop an Indian military space capability, as well as cyber capability, he added.

Browne went to Colorado to meet the Space Command, during which he was briefed on how the US Space Command works, the organisational structure, technologies available, and the lessons that the US has learned from its experiences, Carlisle said, adding the two forces are likely to do subject matter exchanges with experts in this field in the near future.

They also talked about the security situation in south Asia and what the two forces can do as partners to continue to work in that region. It encompasses everything from the west side piracy going into Maldives, to the east side what is happening in the East China Sea, and how we can continue to maintain security and stability in the region. We had a very good discussion, Carlisle said.

Responding to a question, Carlisle said, China was very much discussed during Brownes US visit.

I think every nation in the Asia Pacific region has a relationship with PRC (Peoples Republic of China) and we have to be cognisant about that. We talked about their issues and commonality with the PRC, they have border issues, but they also have trade, he said.