Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) agreement between India and the US has made some progress in recent years but major breakthrough and right pathfinder projects are yet to take off even though India has been declared has a Major US Defence Partner with whom US Government can share critical technologies.

Delegation-level talks have yet to conclude on which project both India and the US plans to Jointly develop, but sooner they conclude it’s better for both since it might become more of rhetoric without actual substantial work in reality.

Till now US and India have talked about following projects but either serious consideration was given or co-development proposal was not practical. Below is a list of some of the co-development offers made by the United States to India.

  • Co-development of next-generation Raven unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
  • Co-development of intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance modules for C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.
  • Co-development of mobile electric hybrid power sources.
  • Co-development of “uniform integrated protection ensemble increment-2 (chemical, biological warfare protection gear for soldiers)
  • Co-development of next-generation of Javelin anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs)
  • Co-development of next-generation MH-60 Romeo multi-role helicopters.
  • Co-development of 127mm war ship guns.
  • Co-development of aircraft launch and landing systems for aircraft carriers.
  • Co-development of jet engine technology.
  • Co-development of a helmet-mounted digital display.
  • Co-development of Next Generation jet trainer program.
  • Co-development of next Generation vertical-lift Helicopter.
  • Co-development of Joint Biological Tactical Detection System.
  • Co-development of clothing and footwear for armed forces in high altitude.

India and the United States have agreed to co-develop following projects which are much much simpler and doesn’t involve a high degree of transfer of technology.

Next generation Raven Minis UAVs, roll on and roll off kits for C-130, mobile electric hybrid power source and Uniform Integrated Protection Ensemble Increment-2.

While no doubt DTTI is a good intention between India and United states but offers of legacy weapons system as a license or sub-contracting to Indian firms with a simpler transfer of technologies will not help India much in long run and DTTI will fail to achieve the intended goals for Indian Defence sector.

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