India and America have made significant progress in the direction of co-producing defence systems. The fact was recognized by United States of America Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said after her trip to the country.
The Indian and US Air Forces have a history of cooperation corner-stoned by the interoperability between our C-130L and C-17 fleets.
"We are excited about our part of the Defence Technology Trade Initiative (DTTI) and currently between discussions in working groups in India. We are optimistic about the future of co-developing and co-producing defence systems," Secretary James said.
During her three-day visit to New Delhi, James met with top defence personnel including Ashok Gupta, secretary in the Department of Defence and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and also with Vice Chief of Air Staff Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa.
"My discussions with the defence secretary and Air Chief Marshal were incredibly helpful in advancing our relations. We are looking forward to continue dialogue as India upgrades its fighter fleet," James said.
The Indian Air Force participated in the Red Flag air exercise held in America earlier this year to test interoperability and cooperation between the two air forces and now is set to host the COPE air exercise next year which will provide another opportunity for the two nations to work together.