United States India could start the co-development of new version Javelin anti-tank missile 2209132
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|Sunday, September 22, 2013 11:28 AM|
|United States and India could start the co-development of new version of Javelin anti-tank missile.|
United States Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter this week proposed ways to deepen defense ties between the United States and India, including co-development of the next version of the Javelin anti-tank missile now built by Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp.
Two US Marine Corps (USMC) members with the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines fire a Javelin anti-tank missile, at Blair airfield, Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
Carter, speaking at a news conference in India, said the two countries were already expanding military relations through exercises and increased trade in weapons. But he said it was time to unleash what he called the "enormous untapped potential between our private sectors in the defense field."
The Pentagon's No. 2 official said the United States was trying to remove bureaucratic hurdles impeding technology transfer between the two countries, and was giving priority funding to researchers working with Indian partners in key areas of science and technology.
The Obama administration, mindful of declining U.S. defense spending levels, has tried to expand partnerships with many countries, including India, on military sales, and has dramatically stepped up its advocacy for U.S. arms sales abroad.
India and the United States announced a Defense Trade and Technology Initiative, or DTI, one year ago during a visit to India by then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, a joint effort to streamline bureaucratic processes and expand defense trade.