US updates jet-engine technology transfer policy with India

Washington D.C., Dec. 11 (ANI): In a move that will further deepen the United States-India strategic ties, the U.S. has updated gas-turbine technology transfer policy with India, which will enable the former to expand cooperation with the latter in production and design of sensitive jet engine components.

U.S. Defence Secretary Ashton Carter informed this decision to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar during their meet in Pentagon on Thursday.

The two leaders discussed ways and means to move forward the ambitious Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI).

Interacting with the media, Parrikar said their desire is to further collaborate in the higher-end technologies within the framework of DTTI.

Parrikar also informed Carter about India’s decision to participate in the Rim-of-the-Pacific (RIMPAC) multilateral naval exercise next year. The Indian Air Force will also participate in the multilateral Red Flag exercise in April-May 2016.

India’s decision was welcomed by Carter, who expressed support for greater Air-to-Air interaction in the future.

Carter also announced the U.S. participation in the International Fleet Review of the Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam in February.

Parrikar was also given a rare insight into USS Dwight D Eisenhower, one of America’s top nuclear powered aircraft carriers, signalling the emerging close Indo-US defence ties. (ANI)

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