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US ­India Defence Cooperation Act introduced in Senate

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Expected visit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit US next month.

Two top American senators :

  • Mark Warner and John Cornyn
  • Introduced a legislation passed by Congress.
  • To elevate the status of the Indo­ US defence relationship on par with that of America’s closest allies like NATO and Israel.

US ­India Defence Cooperation Act introduced in Senate

The US ­India Defence Technology and Partnership Act:

i. The legislation has been sent to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for necessary action.
ii. US government’s focus on the US ­India security relationship while sending a powerful signal to India that the US is a reliable and dependable defence partner.
iii. This bill supports strengthening our bilateral relationship partner in promoting security in Asia. iv. India has huge potential as a market for US defence manufacturers, which support millions of American jobs.
v. The bill puts India equal with America’s closest defence partners, including NATO member states and Israel

Purpose: Congressional defence sales notifications.

Features of the bill:

  • It encourages the executive branch to designate an official to focus on US­ India defence cooperation.
  • Facilitate the transfer of defence technology.
  • Maintain a special office in the Pentagon dedicated exclusively to the US ­India Defence Technology.
  • It urges the US government to enhance India’s military capabilities in the context of combined military planning.
  • Promote co­production and co­development opportunities.
  • It encourages the government to authorise combined military planning with the US for missions of mutual interest.