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5 November 2020, Gateway House

Deepening India-U.S. defence partnership

The recently signed Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) between India and the U.S. symbolises the strengthened defence and security partnership between the two countries and the growing interoperability capabilities between the two militaries. India-U.S. defence and security ties have flourished in the last decade, with increasing focus on defence technology co-development and co-production. The enhanced G2G engagement is also reflected in the commercial sector where American and Indian defence companies have partnered in the aerospace sector to become part of the global supply chain.

Fellow, International Security Studies Programme

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The recently signed Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) between India and the U.S. symbolises the strengthened defence and security partnership between the two countries and the growing interoperability capabilities between the two militaries. Since the signing of the Framework for the U.S.-India Defense Relationship[1] in 2005 (renewed in 2015), bilateral defence engagement has been thriving, characterised by high-level dialogues, joint exercises, defence trade and technology cooperation. American support has also ensured India’s entry in global technology export control regimes – Australia Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement and the Missile Technology Control Regime. Membership of these regimes has enabled India’s access to high technology in the civilian space and defence sectors. U.S. military equipment has added considerable value to India’s power projection capability. 

The infographic below illustrates the extensive G2G and B2B engagement between India and the U.S., which undergirds the strategic partnership.

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Sameer Patil is Fellow, International Security Studies Programme, Gateway House.

Designed by Debarpan Das.

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References

[1] ‘Framework for the U.S.-India Defense Relations’, https://archive.defense.gov/pubs/2015-Defense-Framework.pdf

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