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INIDA-USA DEFENCE COLLABORATION EXPANDING

By Ashok B Sharma

Prime Minister Narendrabhai Damodardass Modi is slated to visit US in September for the UN General Assembly. He will also meet Barak Obama in Washington and co-chair the India-US Summit. Defence cooperation will be one of the area to come up for discussion. The US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel during his recent visit to India has spelt out in broad terms what US seeks from India in matters of defence cooperation.

It is the US policy of rebalancing in the Indo-Pacific region that has made the super power to seek reliable allies in the region. The emerging economy and political power in the region, India, with its strategic location, has come as a best bet for US.

With India recently hiking the cap on the entry of foreign direct investment (FDI) in defence sector from 26 per cent to 49 per cent, the US views it as an unique opportunity. The India-US Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) inked two years ago when the UPA g