United States Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday signed the 2015 framework agreement on India-US defence relationship.
Manohar Parrikar and Carter signed an agreement which builds upon the previous framework and successes to guide the bilateral defence and strategic partnership for the next 10 years.
The new framework agreement provides avenues for high level strategic discussions, continued exchanges between armed forces of both countries, and strengthening of defence capabilities.
The Framework also recognizes the transformative nature of the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI). Both India and the United States have finalized two project agreements for joint development of Mobile Electric Hybrid Power Sources and the Next Generation Protective Ensembles.
In addition, building on the areas of agreement during President Obama’s visit to India in January 2015, Defence Minister Parrikar and Secretary Carter agreed to expedite discussions to take forward cooperation on jet engines, aircraft carrier design and construction, and other areas.
The two also agreed to pursue co-development and co-production projects that will offer tangible opportunities for American defence industries to build defence partnership with the Indian industries including in manufacturing under ‘Make in India’.
The two nations have agreed to continue their efforts to enhance bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest, such as maritime security and knowledge partnership in the field of defence.
Carter also met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval today. Before arriving in Delhi, Carter also visited the Eastern Naval Command.