The United States is actively engaged in discussions with the Indian government to explore the production of military systems, particularly in the fields of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), and ground-based conventional warfare.
Both governments are also working to sign a reciprocal defence agreement that will help streamline the defence manufacturing supply chain in both countries.
"We are in active talks with the Indian government to look at producing military systems in areas related to ISR, and then, of course, ground-based conventional warfare. And we'll have more to say on that as they become ripe," said Siddharth Iyer, director for South Asia Policy at the office of the US Secretary of Defence.
He highlighted the progress in discussions between India and the US to finalise a security of supply arrangement, which aims to streamline the ability of defence companies to meet each others' requirements.
Iyer stressed that the US-India relationship is a top priority for the Pentagon, emphasising its importance in achieving the US strategy in the Indo-Pacific region.
"Our belief is that getting the US-India relationship right is not just necessary, it's essential to achieving our strategy in the Indo-Pacific. There's a broad and deep commitment to making that happen," he stated.
He mentioned Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin's commitment to accelerating India's military modernisation and highlighted the joint defence road map that identifies priority military areas for collaborative efforts.
The road map also outlines mechanisms for integrating supply chains and establishing oversight to ensure progress is not hindered by bureaucratic obstacles.
Iyer highlighted the significance of the GE engine deal, emphasising the close collaboration between governments and industries in advancing technology security and strategic interests.
The deal provides India with access to sensitive jet engine technology, which is considered a significant milestone in US-India defence cooperation.
"I expect we are going to make progress on a number of different fronts in the months ahead," Iyer said.
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