US and India advance trade and technology initiative

18 March 2019

The United States and India have agreed to expand their joint initiative to develop defence trade and technology ties.

In the latest round of talks under the US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) officials said additional areas for collaboration will include small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), lightweight small arms, and aircraft support systems.

The DTTI meeting - held in Washington on 14 March - was chaired by Ellen Lord, US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, and India's Secretary of Defence Production Ajay Kumar.

Lord said the UAV project will be advanced by the US Air Force Research Laboratory and India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which will co-operate in drawing up a technical planning document to support the proposed development.

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