India, US signal assertion of intent to strengthen dialogue on defence tech cooperation

Washington, September 15

India and the United States on Tuesday signed a press release of intent to strengthen the bilateral dialogue on defence expertise co-operation.

The assertion was signed by Raj Kumar, Secretary, Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, and Ellen Lord, US Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment, throughout the 10th Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Group Meeting that was held just about on Tuesday.

Kumar and Lord co-chaired the assembly, throughout which the teams reported to the co-chairs on ongoing actions and collaborative alternatives, together with a variety of near-term tasks focused for completion on precedence.

As proof of their dedication to demonstrating the success of DTTI, the co-chairs signed a press release of intent (SOI) that declared “to strengthen our dialogue on defence technology cooperation by pursuing detailed planning and making measurable progress” on a number of particular DTTI tasks, the Pentagon stated in a launch.

The intention of the DTTI Group is to deliver sustained management focus to the bilateral defence commerce relationship and create alternatives for co-production and co-development of protection gear. Four joint working teams centered on land, naval, air and plane service applied sciences have been established below DTTI to advertise mutually-agreed tasks inside their domains.

During the assembly, the co-chairs famous that for the reason that final DTTI Group assembly in October 2019, a DTTI Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the identification and growth of cooperative tasks below DTTI has been accomplished.

The SOP will function the framework for DTTI and permit each side to achieve and doc a mutual understanding on learn how to outline and obtain success.

A publicly releasable extract of key components of the SOP was additionally revealed in July because the DTTI Initial Guidance for Industry, and distributed by way of Indian and US business associations, it stated.

“Further efforts to encourage US and Indian industry to cooperatively develop next-generation technologies under the DTTI Group were highlighted by the 1st DTTI Industry Collaboration Forum (DICF), which took place virtually on September 10,” the Pentagon stated.

The DICF was convened by Sanjay Jaju, Joint Secretary (Defence Industries Production), Michael Vaccaro, Director, International Armaments Cooperation, and Amy Murray, Director, Small Business Programs.

“This forum offers an opportunity for Indian and US industry to be directly involved in DTTI and facilitates dialogue between government and industry on issues that impact industrial collaboration. The results of the discussion were briefed to the DTTI Group co-chairs,” the Pentagon stated. PTI


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