On 3 June 2015, India and US signed a new strategically important 10-year defence framework agreement, setting the stage for co-development and manufacture of defence equipment and technology besides holding joint exercises and greater intelligence sharing.
The agreement, which was decided during the visit of US President Barack Obama to India in January 2015, and focuses on issues ranging from maritime security, aircraft carrier to jet engine technology cooperation, was inked by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and visiting US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter.
The signing of the agreement comes as the two countries moved ahead on two of the four “pathfinder projects” identified under the Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) during Obama’s visit.
One of the projects is the development of a high-tech mobile power source for the Marine Corps that would work on solar energy, be smaller, more portable and efficient, and which could be used in remote outposts.
The other is a protective suit for the Indian Army that would be more lightweight and effective when used in chemical and biological hazard incidents.
Mr Carter also met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and discussed ways to enhance strategic and defence interest.