US to share exclusive defense technology with India: Ambassador Kenneth Juster

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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.

“The US is ready to cooperate with India in the defense sector,” the delegation expressed.

The US would transfer critical defense technology to India in May, said Kenneth Juster, the US Ambassador to India on Tuesday.

Juster added that the US would also conduct a tri-services exercise with the country’s armed forces as part of a “2+2” meeting to be held next month, reported The Times of India.

“The US has designated India as a major defense partner and it is significant in many respects. The US Congress supports India on both sides of the aisle,” Juster was quoted as saying by the Times while speaking at a US-India Business Council seminar on the first day of Defense Expo in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

The technology that would be shared with India is exclusive and the US hasn’t shared it with any other country. Pointing out the growing partnership between the US and India, Juster said that the mutual cooperation between the nations is  “sending a strong signal” to other countries.

“Identifying India as a major partner in defense is a major boost to the US-India relationship,” he added.

The Ambassador inaugurated the USA Partnership Pavilion at the expo on Wednesday. Seventeen US companies including defense manufacturing giants such as Lockheed Martin, and Boeing are participating in the expo.

A delegation led by Juster and Major General Bryan Suntheimer, Deputy Commanding General of US Army Pacific is attending the event with a view to strengthening the defense partnership between both the countries. The delegation includes 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 is ready to cooperate with India in the defense sector,” the delegation expressed.

India’s Defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman also reiterated the importance of strategic partnership between New Delhi and Washington.

The 10th edition of the expo will project India’s Defense manufacturing capabilities to the world and will help brand India as a defense exporter of defense systems and components.

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