U.S.-India Major Defense Partnership Highlighted at DEFEXPO 2018

CHENNAI: U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster and Major General Bryan Suntheimer, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific, led a large and diverse U.S. delegation to DEFEXPO 2018, the key defense trade exhibition for India and the region. The delegation included active duty military officers, officials, and industry executives, demonstrating the depth and breadth of the commitment of the United States to its major Defense Partnership with India.

Nineteen U.S. companies exhibited their products at DEFEXPO 2018’s USA Partnership Pavilion; many more U.S. companies participated. Ambassador Juster and Major General Suntheimer participated in the opening and ribbon-cutting ceremonies, along with representatives from exhibiting U.S. companies and USA Partnership Pavilion organizer, Kallman Worldwide, Inc. The exhibitions showcased the U.S. defense industry’s commitment to partnering with India to provide the highest quality, most reliable, and most technologically advanced defense equipment and systems in the world – from small arms and unmanned aerial systems to ground combat capabilities, helicopters, and our most modern fighter aircraft.

“The way to maintain peace is through strength,” said Ambassador Juster during a conversation with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a session organized by the U.S.-India Business Council. “As India builds out its defense capabilities, we want to support it.”

The U.S. designation of India as a Major Defense Partner, a status unique only to India, marked a significant milestone in U.S.-India defense cooperation. Our two countries continue to augment these ties through the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative, military exercises, official visits and exchanges, and extensive sales of military systems and platforms. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi are driving forward this Major Defense Partnership and our broader strategic relationship with a shared vision for peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

“What the United States does with India will change the geopolitics of this region,” Ambassador Juster remarked at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the USA Partnership Pavilion. “I firmly believe that, for there to be a peaceful, stable, and secure Indo-Pacific, we need to have a strong U.S.-India defense relationship. That sends a signal of strength throughout the region that no other relationship will.”

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