Thursday, July 23, 2020

US-India negotiating unmanned aerial vehicle co-development programme, says Pentagon official

Washington: The US and India are negotiating a co-development programme for the air-launched unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a top Pentagon official has said.
Addressing the India Ideas Summit organised by the US-India Business Council on Tuesday, the top Pentagon official said that the US Air Force research labs have signed a cooperative research and development agreement with an Indian startup to support the development of the air-launched UAV.
“I would like to highlight a very exciting project we are currently negotiating — air-launched unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV will be a co-development programme between the US Air Force Research Labs, the Indian Air Force, India’s Defense Research and Development Organisation, and an Indian startup company,” said Ellen M Lord, Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment.
The Pentagon’s point person for the ambitious US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI), Lord said that they were planning to hold the next DTTI group meeting in the week of September 14 and the second meeting of the DTTI industrial collaboration forum the week before.
Often described as the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, Lord said that the US-India defence cooperation has made great strides in the last few years.
This cooperation has led to closer relationships between the two governments and also increased stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
22/07/20 PTI/Print
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