Indian, US Defense Delegations conduct Virtual Discussion on Defense Cooperation

The 10th Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) meeting aimed to create opportunities for co-production and co-development of defense equipment.

Updated: Sep 16, 2020 02:58:51 pm

Indian, US Defense Delegations conduct Virtual Discussion on Defense Cooperation

16 September 2020 Current Affairs:The 10th Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Group Meeting was held on 15 September 2020. The virtual meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Raj Kumar, Secretary, Defence Production, Ministry of Defence (MoD) from Indian Side, and Ms. Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, U.S. Department of Defense from the US Side. 

♦ DTTI Group Meetings are held twice a year, alternating between India and the US. 
♦ The meeting was held via VTC on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
♦ The DTTI Group aims to bring sustained leadership focus to the bilateral defense trade relationship.
♦ The meeting also aimed to create opportunities for co-production and co-development of defense equipment.  
♦ Under DTTI, four Joint Working Groups (JWG) focused on land, naval, air, and aircraft carrier technologies have been established. The main object of the JWG is to promote mutually agreed projects within their domains. 
♦ The ongoing activities and collaborative opportunities including a number of near-term projects targeted for completion on priority was discussed.
♦ The co-chairs signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) to strengthen the dialogue on defense technology cooperation. It will be pursued by detailed planning and making measurable progress on several specific DTTI projects.
♦ The SOP will empower the framework for DTTI and allow both sides to reach and document a mutual understanding of how to define and achieve success. 
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