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India-US defence sales at all time high: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: Defence gross sales between India and the US are at an all-time high and bilateral strategic partnership continues to advance at an historic pace, a best Pentagon commander has mentioned.

Admiral Philips Davidson, Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, throughout a Congressional listening to mentioned the the inaugural 2+2 Ministerial in New Delhi ultimate September and signing of the COMCASA in 2018 had been pivotal moments in the bilateral courting.

Last yr, India and the US signed the COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement) to facilitate interoperability between the 2 militaries and sale of high end era.

"The US-India strategic partnership continues to advance at an historic pace as we continue to increase our interoperability and information-sharing capabilities," he mentioned.

The USINDOPACOM expects this trajectory to continue and that 2019 might be a vital yr in bilateral family members, he mentioned and asserted that the 2 largest democracies of the world are herbal partners on a variety of political, financial and security issues.

"With a mutual desire for global stability, support for the rules-based international order, and a Free-and-Open Indo-Pacific region, the United States and India have an increased agreement on interests, including maritime security and maritime domain awareness, counter-piracy, counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance, and coordinated responses to natural disasters and transnational threats," Davidson mentioned.

Over the past yr, the United States and Indian militaries participated in 5 main exercises, accomplished more than fifty other military exchanges, and extra operationalized the 2016 Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), he knowledgeable the lawmakers.

"The LEMOA permits the US Navy to fill up supplies from Indian army logistics platforms,” he mentioned.

Davidson mentioned that the US Indo Pacific Command is working with the Indian military to operationalise the COMCASA.

" Defence gross sales are at an all-time high, with India operating US sourced platforms akin to P-8s, C-130Js, C-17s, AH-64s, CH-47s, and M777 howitzers," the highest American admiral mentioned.

"Additionally, India just lately agreed to a USD2.1-billion purchase of MH-60R multi-role sea-based helicopters and is thinking about various additional US techniques for purchase,"Davidson mentioned.

The US Indo Pacific Command fully helps the purchase of US techniques, F-16 and F/A-18E airplane, a reorder of 12-15 P-8Is, and a potential purchase of Sea Guardian UASs, he told members of the US pacific Command.

Observing that the goal of the US Indo Pacific Command in South Asia is to create and seize alternatives to broaden important partnerships to ensure shared domain names remain open to all, he mentioned together with India's contributions to regional security, those actions will prevent adversaries from setting up an effective military presence in the Indian Ocean that threaten the safety of important commerce and persisted financial expansion and development.

"As a consequence, the regional states will be capable of reduce interior conflicts, reply to regional security demanding situations, and face up to adversaries' military and financial coercion," he mentioned.

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