Trump administration looking forward to completing the deal with india

Vastavam web: The Trump administration is looking forward to completing the deal for transferring unarmed Sea Guardian drones to India, a senior US official has said.The major decision to sell unarmed Sea Guardian drones was announced during the summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump on June 26.As part of India being designated as major defence partner, the Trump administration is taking additional steps to remove bureaucratic bottlenecks and accelerate the process of sale of high-tech defence equipment to India.

A special focus is on strengthening Indian maritime capabilities.The defence cooperation is only going to increase, the senior administration official said, adding that this is based on fundamental understanding that interests of the two countries are now aligned.To be sold at an estimated cost of USD 2 billion, this would help create some 2,000 jobs in the US, he said.

The Sea Guardian is a variant of the tested MQ-9 platform which allows for greater interoperability with US and allied forces, Lall said adding that its use by the Indian Navy will also develop the country’s credible capabilities, which is significant for Indian maritime security and naval power projection.The two are scheduled to meet again this week in the Philippines.

According to an industry source, this “case is being actively considered” by the White House as a next step after the Guardian deal.”As military aviation transforms globally to autonomous systems, US and India have a great opportunity to collaborate at the highest levels of technology and innovation,” the industry source said.”We value the role India can play in global security and stability and are prepared to ensure they have even greater capabilities,” Tillerson had said ahead of his visit to India.