Defense Minister Rajnath Singh (Photo Credits: PTI)
New Delhi, 16 September: The 10th Defense Technology and Business Initiative group meeting was held virtually on September 15, 2020. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Rajkumar, Secretary of Defense Production, Ministry of Defense, India and Ms. Allen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, on behalf of the United States. DTTI group meetings are usually held twice a year in rotation in both countries. This time due to Kovid epidemic, this meeting was organized through VTC.
The DTTI Group aims to continuously focus leadership on bilateral defense trade relations and create opportunities for co-production and co-development of defense equipment. The four joint working groups focus on land, naval, air and aircraft carrier technologies. These have been set up under DTTI to promote mutually agreed projects in their respective regions. These groups have submitted reports to the co-chairs about current activities and collaborative opportunities, including several near-term projects targeted to be completed on a priority basis.
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As evidence of their commitment to demonstrate the success of DTTI, the Co-Chairs have signed a Statement of Intent (SOI), which follows the detailed plan and noticeable progress on several specific DTTI projects, Defense Technology Cooperation. But announces their intention to strengthen the dialogue. The co-chairs expressed happiness that since the last DTTI Group meeting was held in October 2019, the DTTI Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been completed to identify and develop collaborative projects under DTTI. This SOP will act as a framework for DTTI.
This will allow both sides to define and achieve success and reach mutual understanding and document it. A summary of the SOP’s publicly released key elements was published in July as DTTI’s initial guidance to the industry. It was distributed through Indian and American industry associations.
In addition, efforts to encourage American and Indian industry to collectively develop next-generation technologies under the DTTI Group were highlighted by the first DTTI Industry Cooperation Forum (DICF) held virtually on September 10, 2020 Was The DICF was organized by Mr. Sanjay Jaju, Joint Secretary (Defense Industry Production) Mr. Michael VeCarro, Director, International Ordnance Cooperation and Ms. Amy Murray Director, Small Business Program.
This forum provides an opportunity for Indian and American industry to directly join DTTI, as well as facilitate interaction between the government and industry on issues affecting industrial cooperation. The results of the deliberations were communicated to the co-chairs of the DTTI group.