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Senior American Defense Staffers Visit Indian Counterparts

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein visited India in the first week of February. General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, commander, Pacific Air Forces, and Heidi Grant, deputy under secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, also traveled to India with General Goldfein.

 The U.S. team met with Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and Defense Secretary Sanjay Mitra. Their discussions focused on ways to strengthen the strategic military-to-military partnership with India.  

“During these meetings, GenerakGoldfein emphasized the U.S. Air Force’s commitment to strengthening its relationship with the Indian Armed Forces and discussed ways that the U.S. and India can deepen the relationship between their two air forces through bilateral engagements, exchanges and exercises,” the U.S. Embassy in Delhi said.

India is a leading power and strategic partner in the Indo-Pacific region. From our presidents, to our defense secretary, to our air force chiefs, we’re working together and looking for opportunities to enhance the inter- operability of our two forces as major defense partners in the Indo-Pacific region,” Goldfein said.

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February 7, 2018   No Comments

India, Japan to Collaborate on AI, Robotics for Defense

India and Japan will work together to introduce artificial intelligence and robotics in the defense sector by the end of January. Kentaro Sonoura, national security adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said, “You should expect to see increased bilateral cooperation to develop unmanned ground vehicles and robotics.”

The Center for Artificial Intelligence, India’s leading lab that works on AI, has been working on robotics since last year and it said that it will equip India’s armed forces with a host of robots that can work as a part of any team, much like the soldiers.

Graphic of a robot soldier

Japan is aiming for a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”  This was a coming together of Japan’s Indo-Pacific policy and India’s Act East policy. “We need to share the importance of rule of law and freedom of navigation among related countries. The next step is infrastructure development based on global standards, so that connectivity among countries is increased. The third step would be maritime law enforcement and disaster management that would ensure the stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region,” he said.

January 22, 2018   No Comments

Israel’s Netanyahu Hails “New Era” in Ties with India

Benjamin Netanyahu, the first Israeli prime minister to visit India in 15 years, accompanied by his wife Sara on a six-day visit to India, were given a warm welcome by Prime Minister Modi. Driving the growing ties is both leaders’ shared worldview for national-security and free-markets. Both see Israel’s technology-oriented economy as a natural fit for India’s, which needs innovation to improve everything from farming to healthcare.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu during Press Statement, at Metanyahu and Modi at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.

At a press conference in Hyderabad House, New Delhi on January 15, 2018

Netanyahu hailed a “new era” in ties with India as he signed a series of deals on cybersecurity, energy, biotechnology, agriculture, and defense during his first visit. Israel has given initial approval for Indian energy companies to explore oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean. Bilateral trade has jumped from $200 million in 1992, when the two countries opened diplomatic relations, to $5 billion in 2017.

 

Sara and Netanyahu visited Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where Netanyahu tried his hand at a spinning wheel, a pastime Gandhi made popular while he was jailed during British colonial rule. They also visited the Taj Mahal in Agra, and attended a ceremony to name a square in New Delhi ‘Teen Murti’ in honor of the Indian soldiers who died in the fight to liberate Haifa from the Turks in 1918.

Netanyahu addressed the India-Israel Business Summit organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in  New Delhi. On his last night in Mumbai, Prime Minister Netanyahu partied with Bollywood bigwigs such as actor Amitabh Bachchan and director Abhishek Kapoor, and pitched Israel as a film destination: Not just because you can see the snow, the beach, the desert, the salty sea and a sweet-water lake within an hour’s drive, he said, but also because Israel has “great technology for businesses and big ideas.”

 

January 19, 2018   No Comments

Ambassador Juster Pitches for U.S.-India Free Trade Agreement

Delivering his inaugural policy address on U.S.-India Relations at Carnegie India, U.S. ambassador to India, Kenneth I. Juster said, “I want to see a U.S.-India Free Trade Agreement … a strategic view of our economic relationship could lead to a road map for a U.S.-India Free Trade Agreement.” He also said though bilateral trade had reached $115 billion in 2016 from  just $20 billion in 2001, there was still plenty of room to expand the flow of goods and services in both directions for trade to become more reciprocal.

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Juster further said that greater U.S. trade and investment, combined with a strong environment protecting intellectual property, will lead to increased flows of capital and further sharing of intellectual know-how. “Technological transformation needs a constant upgrade, which occurs when countries are involved in unimpeded international economic and data flows,” he said.

Juster also said that a strategic view of the bilateral economic relationship could eventually lead to a road map for a U.S.-India free trade agreement. “To be sure, we are a long way right now from that aspiration, and there are many intermediate steps to be taken. But we should find creative ways to use our trade policy forum and our commercial dialogue to enhance understanding, build confidence and solve problems,” he said.

 

January 14, 2018   No Comments

India to Buy $317 Million in Training Services for Boeing P-8i

India’s Ministry of Defense approved the purchase of Boeing‘s P-8I Training Solution along with a 10-year comprehensive maintenance service for $317 million. This training solution accurately simulates P-8I aircraft and mission systems, and will help the Indian Navy train and realistically rehearse for sophisticated missions involving P-8I aircraft.

The P-8I for Indian Navy, courtesy Boeing

The P-8I for India’s Navy, courtesy Boeing

This aircraft is equipped for long range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in support of broad area, maritime and littoral operations. Its communication and sensor suite include equipment developed by state-owned defense and private manufacturers.

January 9, 2018   No Comments