onsdag 20. april 2022

India and the US: Defense Collaboration Is Key

India and the United States need a landmark defense deal to strengthen their defense ties, similar to the 2005 nuclear agreement, which marked a turning point in their overall bilateral relationship. Such a deal will demonstrate to India that the U.S is capable of being a strong ally as Russia has been.

Ten year after the U.S. set up the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) with India and conferred Strategic Trade Authorization-1 status on it, which Washington only does for close allies, the two countries do not have a single project that they can claim symbolizes the depth of their defense relationship. In contrast, India and Russia have the BrahMos supersonic missile and the nuclear submarine project, which they can hold up as concrete outcomes of their defense cooperation.