Prime News, International (Washington), March 17:- India and the US have identified small air launch unmanned aerial vehicles and a lightweight small arms technology project along with aircraft maintenance for defence collaboration, a top Pentagon official has said.
The US statement came as defence officials from the two countries held their latest round of Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) talks in Washington.
The India-US DTTI meeting focused on encouraging the US and Indian industry to work together and develop next-generation technologies.
“One project we’re looking at is small air launch UAVs,” US Undersecretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord told a media round table at the Pentagon on Friday.
Lord, who co-chaired the meeting along with Secretary of Defence Production Ajay Kumar, said the teams are looking at very specific deliverables on the specific dates with key individuals having responsibility.
“Overall, we look at this as a cost-efficient, cost-effective way to provide additional capability to the warfighter. There are three proposed mission scenarios, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, cross border operations and cave tunnel inspection,” Lord said.
On the drones, the discussions are mainly between the US Air Force Research Laboratory and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation. In April, the two sides will write the technical planning document.
“We plan to sign that sometimes in September timeframe,” she said, adding that the potential exists to involve the Indian industry in its co-development. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).