USA designated India as a ‘Major Defence Partner’ of the U.S. This status puts India on a par with the closest allies and partners of the U.S..
The agreement was reached between Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter in Delhi.
India was accorded this status during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington in June. This status is bestowed upon the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) countries and the U.S. treaty allies such as Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea.
Both sides also exchanged views on regional security issues including the threat posed by terrorism and underlined the need to ensure that terror groups receive no patronage from any State.
Both sides reviewed the progress in defence ties in recent years, and welcomed the “tremendous progress” achieved under the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) intended to promote opportunities for co-production and co-development of weapon systems and platforms.
The DTTI will strengthen India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and both sides are committed to convening all new DTTI working groups prior to the next DTTI Group meeting anticipated for February 2017.
In the past two years, some major agreements were signed, including the Defence Framework Agreement in 2015, which laid a blueprint for collaboration between the defence establishments and the logistics support agreement, Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA).