On 15 September, the United States and India virtually held the 10th edition of the Group Meeting of the Defense Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI). According to one American Press release from the Department of Defense, co-chairs of the DTTI – Secretary of Defense Development of the Indian Ministry of Defense Raj Kumar and the U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Procurement and Sustaining Ellen M. Lord – signed a letter of intent “to deepen our dialogue on collaboration in defense technologies by initiating comprehensive preparation and making concrete progress” on many current DTTI initiatives.
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The DTTI was established in 2012 to speed up the cooperation between the two countries in defence technology by removing “different bureaucratic processes and legal requirements” through greater oversight, the U.S. Office. Under the Acquisition and Sustainment notes Secretary of Defence.
Since then, group meetings of the DTTI have been held twice a year, rotating between the United States and India. The program currently comprises four working committees, “focused on maritime, military, aerospace and aerospace carrier technology,” the US. Press release from the Department of Defense ( DOD) reported. The near-term projects listed under the DTTI also include “Air-launched Small Unmanned Vehicles, Light Weight Small Arms Technology and Intelligence-Surveillance-Targeting & Reconnaissance (ISTAR) [technologies],” according to Vikram Mahajan of the U.S.-India Strategic Cooperation Forum.
The Pentagon established an India Rapid Reaction Cell in September 2015. To push forward DTTI proposals through the US national security bureaucracy.
Cooperation in defense technology between private sector players in the two countries is also going to continue since the U.S.-India Industrial Security Annex (ISA) signed last December.
The ISA basically amounts to an Indian side ‘s pledge to secure sensitive information relevant to U.S. exchanged military technology. It is also an extension of the Military Information Agreement 2002 U.S.-India General Security, which was a general commitment on both sides to secure shared military information. India received the United States too. Strategic Trade Authorization-1 designation in August 2018 which is also to facilitate the country’s sensitive high-tech sales.