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India, US make progress on jet engine, aircraft carrier cooperation

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On the sidelines of 4th meeting of the India-US Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) held at the Pentagon, the two nations have made progress on their ambitious collaboration in the fields of jet engine and aircraft carrier technology.

India, US make progress on jet engine, aircraft carrier cooperation

  • The terms of reference for Jet Engine Technology Joint Working Group has been finalised and is likely to be signed in December while the second meeting of the Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Technology Cooperation (JWGACTC) has been slated for February, 2016.
  • India and U.S. committed to continue to exchange ideas in the search for additional projects for possible co-development and co-production that meet the spirit of DTTI.

Both countries discussed the way ahead for the Jet Engine Technology Joint working which included exchanging strategies for government and industry cooperation and the following:

  • Next Generation Cheel Mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
  • Mobile Electric Hybrid Power Sources (MEHPS)
  • Next Generation Protective Ensemble (NGPE)
  • Aircraft Carrier Technology Working Group
  • Jet Engine Technology Cooperation
  • Roll-on/Roll-off Kits for C-130s

They also agreed to expeditiously work to resolve remaining issues and complete the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP)Memorandum of Agreement so that the exchange of scientists can begin as soon as possible.

  • The Indian delegation also visited the Patuxent River Naval Station, Maryland and US Marine Corps Systems Command; Quantico, Virginia where they toured facilities associated with the Jet Engine and Aircraft Carrier Pathfinder initiatives and received a briefing and demonstration from the Project Manager for MEHPS, respectively.