Indo-US Defence Relations Enter A New Phase

New Delhi, September 29: | Updated: Sep 30 2003, 05:30am hrs
Defence co-operation between India and United States (US) will enter a new phase with India getting equipment for special forces shortly.

Sources say that during the 45 minute meeting between President George Bush and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Washington, almost 25 minutes were spent on discussing defence related issues.

Defence secretary Ajay Prasad will be leaving for the US early this week to further work on areas identified for collaboration. The visit was planned on a short notice.

According to highly placed sources, the deal for the supply of equipments has already been formalised. The US will provide unmanned aerial vehicles and ground sensors, enabling inter-operability between the special forces of the two countries.