Indo-US delegation-level talks b/w DM Rajnath Singh & US Defence Secretary Lloyd underway

US Secretary of Defence Lloyd James Austin III is currently on a 3-day visit to India. India & the US are having discussions on the implication of Quad, growing Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific, and the defense deal of MQ-9 Reaper drones.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Mar 20, 2021 12:08 IST
Indo-US delegation-level talks b/w DM Rajnath Singh & US Defence Secretary Lloyd underway
Indo-US delegation-level talks between DM Rajnath Singh & US Defence Secretary Lloyd

According to recent reports, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd James Austin III is currently on a 3-day visit to India as both sides are currently holding talks to discuss emerging security issues in the Indo-Pacific region. 

The meet is currently taking place at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and all three service chiefs are also present at the meet. According to reports, the biggest point of discussion would be China's growing military presence in the South China Sea and Indo-Pacific region. 

Given are the key points that will be included in the Agenda of the current Indo-US security dialogue: 

  • Sale of 30 US-made Multi-Mission armed Predator MQ-9 reaper drones for the Indian military tri-services. 
  • Sale of 114 MRCA fighter jets to India, Currently the USA is pushing for F-15EX, F/A Super Hornet, and F-21 under the 'Make in India' initative.
  • The importance of the Russian S-400 Air Defence system In the Indian Region & Threat will be presented, Including important INTEL sharing by agencies.

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In addition to all of this, It is also expected that Security delegations from both sides will discuss India's role in the Afganistan peace process as New Delhi has invested billions of dollars in rebuilding Afganistan's infrastructure.  

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