USA and India sign Project Agreement for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

USA and India sign Project Agreement for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Recently India and the United States of America have signed a project agreement for ‘Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ALUAV)’.

The project-agreement for ALUAV is included under the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI).

Under DTTI, there are 2 categories of projects:

  • The first pertains to industry-to-industry projects, which are facilitated by export licences, and the second pertains to projects that are finalized through project agreements (PAs).
  • The PA pact falls under the ambit of the Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) agreement between the two sides that was first signed in 2006 and renewed in January 2015.

India-USA Defense Relations

  • In the year 2016, the United States named India as a major defense partner. It was upgraded to Strategic Trade Authority Tier-I status in the year 2018.
  • A 2+2 dialogue is conducted between the Defense and Foreign Ministers.
  • India has signed four basic defense agreements with the United States.
  • General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) in the year 2002 on the exchange of military information.
  • Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) to use each other’s military bases in the year 2016.
  • Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) in 2018 for interoperability between the two armies and sale of high technology to India.
  • The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) in the year 2020 to share high-level military technology, logistics and geospatial maps.

Source – The Hindu

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