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1. India To Buy 6 V-22 Osprey Aircraft From US.
The Boeing V-22 Osprey is the only operational tilt-rotor aircraft that combines speed, payload capability and reach of a fixed-wing transport aircraft with hover-landing capability of a helicopter.
Boeing gave out a technical briefing on V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to Indian Coast guard and Indian Navy in 2015.
Boeing pitched its V-22 Osprey for Special operations forces and highlighted tilt-rotor aircraft’s ability in executing long-range infiltration, ex-filtration and in resupply missions or for Humanitarian efforts.
US defence secretary James Mattis is expected to begin his two-day visit to India on September 25, with focus on greater sharing of defence equipment and technology.
James Mattis will be followed by secretary of state Rex Tillerson as two countries look to strengthen bilateral ties and step up engagement.
India is looking at six V-22 tilt rotor Osprey aircraft – for rapid deployment on its western – and northern borders.
The U-S also wants to sell its F-16 – and F-18 multi-role fighters to India through the government-to-government route.
While Afghanistan is going to be central to Mattis’s meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Arun Jaitley and Ajeet Doval.
The revival of the defence technology and trade initiative would also feature widely.
At present, the DTTI has joint working groups on aircraft carrier, hot engine aircraft technology – and future vertical lift helicopters, with small unmanned aerial vehicles and roll-on-roll-off C-130J modules off the table.
Secretary of defence production Ashok Kumar Gupta is likely to visit Pentagon early September to review the DTTI projects and also look at new India-specific technologies.
India is looking to speed up setting up of tri-services command in Andaman and Nicobar Islands as China rapidly militarises the South China Sea.
New Delhi is also stepping up engagement with the US Pacific Command – based in Hawaii.
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