Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday spoke to appearing US Defence Secretary Christopher C Miller and mentioned points referring to strategic cooperation between the 2 nations, officers mentioned.
Following the telephonic dialog, Mr Singh mentioned the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) between the 2 nations in October was a “powerful signal” of the longer term course of the defence cooperation.
“Spoke on the phone to the US Acting Secretary of Defence Mr Christopher C. Miller today. India-US partnership in the field of Defence sector has matured into a strategic nature over the last decade,” he mentioned.
Mr Singh mentioned 2020 was a “landmark year” within the India-US defence relationship.
“Conclusion of BECA is a powerful signal of our future direction of high-end cooperation for capability enhancement,” he mentioned.
Officials mentioned points referring to strategic cooperation have been mentioned in the course of the dialog.
The Indo-US defence ties have been on an upswing in the previous couple of years.
In June 2016, the US had designated India a “Major Defence Partner” aspiring to elevate defence commerce and know-how sharing with India to a stage commensurate with that of its closest allies and companions.
The two nations signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016 that permits their militaries use one another’s bases for restore and replenishment of provides in addition to supplies for deeper cooperation.
The two nations signed one other pact known as COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement) in 2018 that gives for interoperability between the 2 militaries and sale of excessive finish know-how from the US to India.
In October, India and the US sealed the BECA to additional enhance bilateral defence ties. The deal supplies for sharing of high-end navy know-how, logistics and geospatial maps between the 2 nations.
According to the US authorities, India maintains the biggest fleets of C-17 and P-Eight plane exterior of the US, and as of 2020, Washington has authorised greater than USD 20 billion in defence gross sales to India.