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Historic Opportunity to Deepen Ties and Solidify US-India Relationship, Pentagon Commander Says | India News

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A senior US commander told lawmakers Tuesday that the current state of US-Indian relations presents a historic opportunity to deepen bilateral defense ties and solidify what he described as the “defining partnership of the century. XXI “.
The American and Indian navies are now sharing information securely, and India has substantially increased its procurement of American defense equipment, Admiral Philips Davidson, commander of the United States Indo-Pacific Command, told members of the Services Committee. Senate gunmen here during a Congressional hearing.
The United States strongly supports India’s establishment of an information fusion center focused on maritime domain awareness, which will enhance maritime security in the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal region, he said.
The two countries, he said, concluded several agreements, including the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) in 2018, which has vastly improved information sharing and interoperability.
The Industrial Security Annex (ISA), signed in December 2019, allows the transfer of technologies in support of defense production, while the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) allows the sharing of unclassified geospatial information. The two countries also signed an agreement on the exchange of information from the Navy to the Navy in October 2020.
“Defense sales are at an all-time high with India operating US-sourced platforms such as P-8, C-130J, C-17, AH-64, CH-47, Excalibur precision guided munitions and M777 howitzers.” He told lawmakers, adding that in February, India agreed to acquire $ 3.1 billion worth of multi-mission Apache and MH-60R helicopters and is considering other US systems.
USINDOPACOM defines the security relationship with India as a strategic imperative, Davidson said.
“We expect substantial progress in interoperability and information sharing, service level and joint cooperation between military and exercises such as TIGER TRIUMPH and MALABAR, and increased quadrilateral collaboration between India, Australia, Japan, and the United States as a relationship. it keeps maturing, ”he said.

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