The US House of Representatives has passed amendments to the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA)-2017 to enhance the country’s defence cooperation with India.
The bill seeks to bring India at par with US’s NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies for technology and equipment sale.
- It also seeks to open a special office in the Pentagon dedicated exclusively to the US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI).
- Once it gets assent of President, these provisions will liberalise the sale of a wide range of defence technologies to India, bypassing legislative approvals.
- It also seeks to promote greater defence trade and encourage additional military cooperation between the India-US.
- A similar kind of bill named US-India Defence Technology and Partnership Act is under the consideration in the US Senate as well.
- It seeks to promote greater defence trade and encourage additional military cooperation between the United States and India.
US-India Defence Relations
Defence trade between the US and India is one of the strongest areas of the bilateral economic relationship. Over the past 10 years it has risen from $300 million to over $14 billion.