Washington to counter China is seeking closer ties with Delhi . On Thursday  a  senior Pentagon official said that India and United States will co-develop drones . India  will export these aircraft after making it.  Delhi wants to develop it’s own defense industry , so it is  on the mode to diversify it’s weaponry which is mainly Russian made. “And we want to support India on both fronts and are doing so,” Eli Ratner, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, told a group of reporters and defense experts.”In practical terms, that means that we’re going to be working closely with India on co-producing and co-developing capabilities that will support India’s own defense modernization goals,” Ratner said. Exporting is possible to our partners across the region. India can send to South and South East Asia at affordable price points. The possibility of developing drones launched from airplanes and anti – drone defense systems was cited by Ratner. The opportunities to co-produce major capabilities in the near and medium term is being considered by Pentagon. “We’re having good conversations with our counterparts in the Indian government at the highest levels about our respective priorities in that regard, and we hope to have more to announce on this front before too long,” Ratner said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former President Donald trump had shared wariness of an aggressive china. Till then ties between United States and India were troubled for many years but this brought  the countries close together . Since 2016 the two countries have signed  agreements that facilitate transfers of top-grade arms and deepen military cooperation. It was in 2016 only  India was designated as a major defense partner,” by United States.


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