India and America signed defence partnership

India and America signed defence partnership

Recently, the Prime Minister of India was on a state visit to the US. During this period the following have been signed under the Strategic Defense Partnership between India and the US :

  • India – US Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X); And
  • MoU between General Electric (GE) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the manufacture of GE F-414 jet engine in India.
  • INDUS-X has been launched by the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD). INDUS-X will facilitate joint defense technology innovation between the industries of both the countries. Also, it will facilitate co-production of advanced defense technology.
  • In addition, an India-US Joint Innovation Fund is also being set up for funding defense start-ups. It is a part of the US Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET). Under this, America will be able to eliminate barriers controlling the export of defense technology to India.
  • Under the MoU, General Electric will provide key technologies of GE F-414 jet engine to HAL. This will enable it to be used in HAL’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas MK2.

Source – Indian Express

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