The US is seeking to creep-up arms sales to India, such as the ones of armed drones which can carry over 1,000 pounds of bombs and missiles, said a press report. The “new drive” comes after the violent clashes in June between then Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh.
Twenty Indian military personnel have been killed during the clashes with Chinese troops from eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on June 15. The Chinese side also suffered casualties but it is yet to give additional details till now. According to a US intelligence report, more than 35 casualties was from china side.
According to report, US lately has set the groundwork for arms sales to India which go beyond and above what previous administrations believed, such as longer-term weapon programs using higher levels of sophistication and technology, for example armed drones which can carry 1000 pounds of bombs and missiles.
President Donald Trump has amended rules which limit the sale of all military-grade drones to overseas partners including India. This will allow the US to think about the sale of armed drones that had been restricted due to payloads and their rates, allowing them to be viewed together with surveillance drones, the news report said.
Section of the calculation supporting the policy change was supposed to up themselves from the global and multilateral limitations in order that they could raise the sales pitch to India on [drones], the report said.
Simultaneously, a legislative move has been made to bring India in par with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies in regards to selling of arms by the USA.
US defence sales to India, has jumped in 2008 from around zero to over $20 billion this year. A number of the significant and recent prior defence sales are to incorporate the MH-60R Seahawk helicopters ($2.8 billion), the Apache helicopters ($796 million), and the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure ($189 million).
Even the US is advocating for the Lockheed Martin’s F-21 and Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet and F-15EX Eagle included in India’s future fighter aircraft acquisitions. The potential selection of at least one of these platforms would improve India’s military abilities, enhance US-India army interoperability, and protect common security interests in the Indo-Pacific area.
India was the first non-treaty partner to be offered a Missile Technology Control Regime Category-1 Unmanned Aerial System — That the Sea Guardian UAS Made by General Atomics.
Since 2015, the US additionally authorized India more than USD 3 billion in defense articles via the Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) processes, which permits the export of their defence equipment, services, and relevant manufacturing technologies regulated under the 21 categories of the US Munitions List (USML).
The top DCS classes to India during this interval were military electronics (USML category XI); flame control, imaging, laser, and guidance equipment (class XII); along with aircraft and related articles, it stated.
In 2016, the US designated India as a Major Defense Partner.
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