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In a significant development for India-U.S. defense collaboration, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan are likely to meet soon and resume discussions on the co-development of the Stryker Armoured vehicle. This move follows the commencement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third term in office, marking a renewed emphasis on enhancing India’s military capabilities through international partnerships.

The co-development initiative of the Stryker armoured vehicle underscores a joint production effort, with plans to manufacture the vehicles in India. The Indian Army is set to procure 300 units, which will likely be assembled by public sector companies. However, the final decision regarding the manufacturing entities and the exact order quantity rests with the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The Indian Army has emphasized the need for an upgraded engine in the Stryker armoured vehicles to enhance their operational efficacy in high-altitude regions. This requirement reflects the strategic imperative to deploy advanced and robust military hardware in challenging terrains, such as those along the northern and northeastern borders.

The upgraded engine is expected to provide the necessary power and performance to navigate the harsh and elevated environments, ensuring that the Stryker vehicles can support the Army’s operations effectively.

As the MoD finalizes the specifics of this collaboration, including the selection of manufacturing partners and the detailed order quantity, the focus remains on ensuring that the Stryker armoured vehicles meet the operational needs of the Indian Army while advancing the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ mission.

The Stryker is a family of eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicles known for its versatility and maneuverability. If finalized, the co-production deal could be a significant step forward in India-US defense cooperation.

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