Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Aero India 2019: Top Pentagon officials and American aerospace companies to visit India

Encouraged by the growing India-US relations especially in the defence and strategic areas, several top Pentagon officials along with US industry executives will be traveling to Bengaluru Feb 20 – 24 for Aero India 2019 event to showcase strong US government interest.

The high level official as well business delegation having representatives of defence companies companies like BAE Systems, Textron Aviation, Raytheon, AECOM, Harris Corporation, Telephonics Corporation, Boeing, General Atomics, Northrop Grumman, and TCI, is being led by world-renowned aerospace scientist Dr Vivek Lall at US-based Lockheed Martin, who has also been appointed to the US Federal Aviation Advisory Committee.
The two countries had this year the first ever US-India “2+2” dialogue in New Delhi where on the sidelines of the meeting the COMCASA, a landmark military communications and security pact was signed. Besides the Indo-Pacific region, the air force to air force relationships is another hallmark of strategic ties and trust between nations. The talks were between Minister of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman and both US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis.
The two countries have already inked the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016 and the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) in 2002. The LEMOA agreement allows the use of each other’s land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, a step toward building defence relations.
Sources have confirmed to FE that Lall who over the decades has been regarded as the leading US executive by both governments to help catalyze what now is almost $18 billion dollars of defence trade between both countries will be leading the delegation. The US executives are coming under the umbrella of US India Business Council delegation that has all the top defence manufacturers as its members.
05/12/18 Huma Siddiqui/Financial Express
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