As part of Indo-U.S. Bilateral Defense Cooperation, the 8th Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Inter Agency Task Force Meeting was held on 26th February 2018 in New Delhi. The meeting was Co-chaired by Vice Admiral AK Jain, Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff and Mr Matthew Warren Acting Director, International Cooperation. DTTI was initiated as an idea by former US Secretary of Defense Dr Ashton Carter in 2012.
The aim of DTTI is to bring sustained leadership focus to the bilateral defense trade relationship and create opportunities for co-production and co-development of defense equipment. A number of Joint Working Groups spanning varied projects have been established under DTTI on both sides, which have identified various projects for the armed forces. The Working Groups meet regularly to discuss and take forward the projects. The fact that the US has declared India as a Major Defense Partner under the National Defense Authorization Act in 2017 has given an impetus to the DTTI.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral AK Jain brought out that India’s Defense Industry was in a growing stage and looking to acquire niche technology in manufacturing Defense weapons and equipment. This will also give a boost to India’s flagship ‘Make in India’ initiative.
The US Co-chair, Mr Matthew Warren highlighted that defense cooperation between Indo-U.S. is continuing to make progress. Both sides understand the importance of DTTI in this respect and it is a good forum for mutual cooperation to take ahead our defense ties.