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US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti praised the defence cooperation between the two countries, saying that despite the continuous change in the nature of combat, the US and India are working together to find answers.

Additionally, he confirmed that negotiations between the US and India over jet engines and predator drones are still very much on track.

“You actually prefer a defence partner, which is very high-level, very unique, and something that happened a couple of years ago between the US and India,” Garcetti said in an interview with ANI. And I hope this is just the start of a lot of things.”

“We’re looking at armoured cars and howitzers together,” he continued.

Garcetti highlighted the evolving situation in the Red Sea and stated that it is now necessary to build

“We also need to build weaponry that can handle the evolving character of conflict. The fact that inexpensive drones and other inexpensively built missiles can only be defeated by a million-dollar missile and defence system is something we are currently witnessing in the Red Sea. He stated, “I believe that the US and India are searching for solutions together since the nature of warfare is changing.

Due to the Houthi rebels’ continuous attacks on ships, tensions in the Red Sea region have been rising, greatly impacting global trade.

As a show of support for the Palestinians in Gaza, the Houthis first declared that they would attack ships with ties to Israel. Later, however, they broadened their targets to include ships with ties to the US and the UK.

The US and the

In the meantime, Garcetti stressed that the US-Indian negotiations over the agreement on jet engines and predator drones are not at all blocked when questioned about them.

Thus, the drones that hunted prey advanced. India’s final signing is still pending, but it already got through congressional notification. It happened more quickly. It took precedence over a few other things. It moved up in queue, demonstrating the importance of this transaction to us and its priority. Because of what we said previously, some folks were even projecting rockier times in the quotation unquote. It genuinely happened and demonstrates how strong this bond is. Thus, they’re at a terrific location,” Garcetti said to ANI.

The US envoy stated, with reference to the jet engines,

“They’re both exactly on schedule. We’re happy. The Indians are content. Helping GE and HAL, the local company here and a domestic manufacturer, to try to expedite their ecosystems so that we can see those in the Indian plains sooner rather than later is my role, and I think my Indian counterparts would say the same,” Garcetti confirmed.

In February of this year, the Biden Administration informed the US Congress of its intention to export weapons valued at about $4 billion, primarily Hellfire missile-equipped MQ 9 B drones.

In a news release, the US Department of Defence agency Defence Security Cooperation Agency stated that the transaction contributes to the strengthening of the strategic alliance between the US and India.

It also said

“At an estimated cost of USD 3.99 billion, the US State Department has decided to approve a potential foreign military sale of MQ-9B remotely piloted aircraft and related equipment to the Government of India.” Today, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of this potential sale by delivering the necessary certification, according to the agency.

31 MQ-9B Sky Guardian aircraft, 161 Embedded Global Positioning and Inertial Navigation Systems (EGIs), 35 L3 Rio Grande Communications Intelligence Sensor Suites, 170 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles, 16 M36E9 Hellfire Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM), 310 GBU-39B/B Laser Small Diameter Bombs (LSDB), and eight GBU-39B/B LSDB Guided Test Vehicles (GTVs) with live fuzes are among the items that the Indian government has requested to purchase.

The planned transaction will help

A possible collaborative manufacturing of GE Aerospace’s F414 engines in India is part of the agreement.

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