India Can Buy Almost All Defence Technologies Now, Says US Official

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    India Can Buy Almost All Defence Technologies Now, Says US Official


    Washington: India will be the only country outside the US’ formal treaty allies that will gain access to almost 99% of latest America’s defence technologies after being recognised as a ‘Major Defence Partner’, a senior Obama administration official has said.

    “India enjoys access to defence technologies that is on par with our treaty allies. That is a very unique status. India is the only country that enjoys that status outside our formal treaty allies,” the official told PTI explaining what ‘Major Defence Partner’ status means for India.

    Early this month, after a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House, the US, in a joint statement, recognised India as a ‘Major Defence Partner’.
    “We were looking for something unique. This language you would not find in any arms transfer legislation or any of our existing policies. This is new guidance and new language that is intended to reflect unique things that we have done with India under our defence partnership,” the senior administration official said.

    “This is intended to solidify the India-specific forward leaning policies for approval that the US President and defence secretary Ashton Carter and our export control system have implemented in the last eight years,” the official said.

    Under this recognition, India would receive license-free access to a wide range of dual-use technologies in conjunction with steps that New Delhi has committed to take to advance its export control objectives.

    Acknowledging that the impression in New Delhi was that India was not getting access to the kind of technology it needed from the US, the official said it was a constant source of discussion.

    “In reality, less than 1% of all exports requests are denied to India. They are not denied because of India. They are denied because of global US licensing policies. We do not share certain technologies with anybody in the world,” the official asserted.

    The perception in India that the denial of such technologies is reflective of India-US relationship is far from the truth, the official said.

    Inside the bureaucratic system of the US, such a recognition removes a number of major export control hurdles for India. The category of ‘Major Defence Partner’ was created specifically for India, observed Ashley Tellis, of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a top US think-tank.

    “It was meant to recognise that although India will not be an alliance partner of the US, the administration seeks to treat it as such for purposes of giving it access to advanced technologies of the kind that are reserved for close US allies,” Tellis told PTI.

    “The US expects that bilateral defence ties will only grow in the years ahead. India and the US will continue to work together especially regarding maritime security, and India will eventually be admitted to global non-proliferation regimes, and it will sign the foundational agreements,” he said in response to a question.

    “As these developments materialise, India’s access to the US technology will also increase, and the major defence partner moniker is intended to signal to both the outside world and to the US bureaucracy overseeing licensing that India is viewed as a unique collaborator and will be treated as such where access to advanced technologies are concerned,” Tellis said.

    Calling India a ‘Major Defence Partner’ is “more a term of art than a technical designation, noted Richard M Rossow, Wadhwani Chair in the US India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, another top US think-tank.

    “It certainly captures what is emerging as a unique relationship, exhibited by programs such as the defence technology and trade initiative and the establishment of a dedicated ‘India Rapid Reaction Cell’ inside the Pentagon. Neither exists for a country other than India,” he said.

    “But the term Major Defence Partner does not automatically trigger a specific process or program in the US system. Our two countries are feeling their way around the contours of our defence relationship,” Rossow told PTI.

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    ‘Major Defence Partner" = CARROT!!!
     
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    “It certainly captures what is emerging as a unique relationship, exhibited by programs such as the defence technology and trade initiative and the establishment of a dedicated ‘India Rapid Reaction Cell’ inside the Pentagon. Neither exists for a country other than India,” he said.

    Must be really worried about a nuke flash between India and porks with chinese chops.
     
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    India eyeing U.S. Predator drones; will Manohar Parrikar discuss it in Washington D.C. next week?

    This is not the first time that reports have emerged suggesting India's intentions of acquiring armed drones, especially, the deadly General Atomics MQ-1 Predator from the United States. However, this probability looks more likely as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to be in Washington D.C. next week.

    India's recent entry into the elite Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) could also offer some help in the country's efforts to acquire the Predator drones. But The Economic Times noted that that previous attempts by India to acquire the drones went in vain with the Americans bringing up international export controls for Predator drones.




    Predator drones would allow the Indian Air Force (IAF) to target high value terrorists with minimum civilian casualty and without requiring deployment of manned-assets. It is also one of the options for IAF to neutralise terrorist training camps on the other side of the borders.

    Predator drones have proved their effectiveness in the lawless regions of Afghanistan-Pakistan border, where the U.S. has taken down several high value targets.

    For any sale, the U.S. insists and considers it essential for countries to sign military pacts like the Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum Agreement (CISMOA) and Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA). But India is averse to these and many political parties in the opposition believe that it would compromise India's nonaligned posture.

    Nevertheless, India is expected to sign a new agreement, Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), during Parrkar's visit. LEMOA would allow India and the U.S. to share their facilities.

    The report quotes sources as saying that India's bid to acquire such armed drones goes under the codename "Cheetah" and was renewed after a gap of four years in September 2015. The previous central government of Manmohan Singh had stalled the project.

    Predator is not the only armed drone that India is looking to procure. Earlier reports had suggested that India had in 2015 green signalled a $400 million proposal to buy Heron TP drones from Israel. But India is yet to ink a deal with Israel as it considers the option of buying Predator drones.

    Moreover, India is working on an indigenous drone programme called the Rustom 2, which will eventually feature weaponisied versions too. But it is years away from completion.

    India also operates several fleets of Israeli made Heron and Searcher UAVs, which are normally used for surveillance and intelligence gathering. Another deadly UAV in India's inventory are Harpy UAVs, which can self-destruct on impact.

    Meanwhile, an unarmed version of the Predator drone is being offered for an Indian Navy reconnaissance requirement.

    http://www.ibtimes.co.in/india-eyei...gton-d-c-next-week-691502#eSU1fqyMdIKyolrb.97
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    Armed eye in the sky: India looking to buy 100 Predator drones from the US

    To keep a hawk's eye on the long porous border with Pakistan and thwart incursions in the Northeast by the Chinese PLA, India may soon get pilotless Predator XP drones used by the US Navy.

    India has sought from the US 100 latest unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), both armed and surveillance versions, worth USD 2 billion to bolster its arsenal.


    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who left for a tour of the US on Sunday, is likely to give his final approval regarding the purchase of these state-of-the-art flying machines during his trip. Parrikar will be meeting US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter for the sixth time on Monday and the deal may be finalised after that, officials said.

    The two sides are also expected to discuss the logistics-sharing agreement during the visit, sources said, even as there was no official word on possibility of the deal being sealed.

    WHY INDIA WANTS TO BUY THESE BIRDS?

    In 2015, the US government had cleared General Atomics' proposal to market the unarmed Predator XP in India. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is aware of India's interest in Predator-series Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).

    Indian Navy wants to buy these drones to monitor the presence of Chinese submarines and warships in Indian Ocean. The pilotless aircraft can remain airborne for 35 hours at a stretch.

    The aircraft is equipped with lethal air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. It can take to the skies in any weather condition, day/night and strike pre-designated targets with pin-point accuracy from a height of 26,000 feet.

    The drone can provide world-class Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability to India. which will include both high-definition radar and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) coverage along our borders.

    PROVEN COMBAT RECORD

    The US has successfully deployed Predator drones in Afghanistan and Iraq. The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, was also killed in a US drone strike in 2013.

    The Islamic State on January 19, 2016, admitted that its notorious executioner Jihadi John was killed in an American drone strike on November 12, 2015.

    US pilots have killed several militants in Afghanistan from their Nevada control centre - 7,500 miles away from the battle field.

    DRDO'S UAV PROGRAMME

    Meanwhile, state-run DRDO has developed indigenous unmanned drones like Rustom and Nishant to meet our own needs. Rustom-2, which weighs 1,800 kg, can carry a payload of 350 kilograms. It can remain airborne for 36 hours at a stretch.

    DRDO-manufactured Nishant is also a multi mission Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with Day/Night capability used for battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance, target tracking and localisation, and artillery fire correction.

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/...100-predator-drones-from-the-us/1/751580.html
     
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    India should cash this opportunity to bolster our Defences at LAC and AP. There should be joint threat assessment group for PLA, their equipment and buildup.

    US should sell us more strategic weapons, PGM and Tank Buster CBU 107.

    At present the Forces don't have modern ATGM, light Arty and Light Armor against PLA advance.


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    As for our former slave Porks, we don't need any special weapon to crsuh them but special Political Will.
     
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    Isn't John Kerry in Delhi today ? What's he up to?
     

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