The Ministry of Defence taking another step to inflate the joint military cooperation has signed a project agreement with the US department of defence for cooperation in the development of Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ALUAV).
On Friday, the Defence Ministry in a released statement said that the PA for ALUAV was signed on 30th July, this year under the collective framework of the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI). The ministry further added, “The PA for ALUAV falls under the Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) Memorandum of Agreement between Ministry of Defence and US Department of Defence, which was first signed in January 2006 and renewed in January 2015.”
The statement released by the Ministry describes the PA as a significant step towards deepening defence technology between India and the US. The PA is said to outline the alliance between Air Force, and Defence Research and Development Organizations towards design, development, demonstration, testing and evaluation of the systems to develop an ALUAV Prototype.
The other main focus of the DTTI as stated by the ministry is to promote collaborative technological exchanges and the creation of opportunities for co-production and co-development of future technologies in both the military forces.
Since 2016, the Indo-US ties have been on an upswing. In June 2016, the US designated India as a “Major Defence Partner”. Over the past few years, both countries have already signed key defence and security pacts including the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016 and the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) in 2018. In October last year, India and the US signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) to further boost bilateral defence ties between both countries.