US-delegation led by Ambassador Juster and Major General Bryan Suntheimer to attend Defense Expo

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Kenneth Juster, President Trump's choice for US Ambassador to India, testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

Nineteen US companies including those who have operated in India for years and new entrants will exhibit at this year’s DefExpo.

A large and diverse US delegation will attend the 10th edition of Defense Expo (DefExpo) starting on April 11 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

The delegation led by Kenneth I. Juster, US Ambassador to India, and Major General Bryan Suntheimer, Deputy Commanding General of US Army Pacific aims to strengthen the defense partnership between both the countries.

The delegation will include active duty military officers, government officials, and industry executives – demonstrating the depth and breadth of the commitment of the United States to the US-India Major Defense Partner relationship.

The US and India have committed to strengthening their defense security partnership through the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative, military exercises, official visits and exchanges, and the sales of military systems and platforms.

Last year, Washington recognized India as a strategic partner in Asia-Pacific and decided to deepen the cooperation counter Chinese aggression in the region.

“The U.S. designation of India as a Major Defense Partner marked a milestone in U.S.-India defense cooperation,” said Ambassador Juster in a statement.

“President Trump and Prime Minister Modi are driving forward this Major Defense Partnership and our broader strategic relationship with a shared vision for peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region,” he added.

The US defense industry has demonstrated its commitment to partnering with India to provide the highest quality, most reliable, and most technologically-advanced defense equipment and systems in the world – from small arms to unmanned aerial systems, to helicopters and fighter aircraft.

Nineteen US companies including those who have operated in India for years and new entrants will exhibit at this year’s DefExpo.

The expo is being held in Chennai from April 11 to 14, 2018. It will project India’s Defense manufacturing capabilities to the world and will help brand India as a defense exporter of defense systems and components.

While showcasing strengths of India’s substantial public sector, it will also uncover India’s growing private industry and spreading MSME base for components and sub-systems.

About 671 exhibitors have confirmed their space booking in DefExpo as on March 30, 2018. These include 517 Indian exhibitors and 154 international exhibitors.

Major international companies including Lockheed Martin, Boeing (USA), Saab (Sweden), Airbus, Rafael (France), Rosonboron Exports, United Shipbuilding (Russia), BAE Systems (UK), Sibat (Israel), Wartsila (Finland), Rhode and Schwarz (Germany) among many others will take part in the expo.

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