U.S.-India Strengthen Defense Ties, Focus on Indo-Pacific Security

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks met with Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra at the Pentagon today to reinforce the U.S.-India defense partnership. Discussions centered on executing the Roadmap for U.S.-India Defense Industrial Cooperation, aiming to bolster their Major Defense Partnership.

Both officials praised the progress in co-producing fighter jet engines and armored vehicles and lauded the success of the India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X), which fosters innovation and collaboration among researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors from both nations.

Hicks and Kwatra emphasized the importance of expanding U.S.-India military engagements across all domains, underscoring their commitment to maintaining stability and security in the Indo-Pacific. They also discussed various regional security challenges and agreed to work closely to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region.–Web Desk