Indo-US Defence Policy Group meeting begins

During the meeting, the two sides would review the defence ties and discuss issues including the situation in the region in particular in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Last Updated: Mar 03, 2011, 21:28 PM IST

Washington: The two-day Indo-US Defence
Policy Group meeting began here on Thursday to discuss the bilateral
ties and review the situation in the region in particular in
Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar led the 9-member
Indian delegation, while the US side is led by Michele
Flournoy, Under Secretary of Defence for Policy Affairs.

During the meeting, the two sides would review the
defence ties and discuss issues including the situation in the
region in particular in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Indian side is likely to raise the issue of
procurement of M-777 ULH from the US through the Foreign
Military Sales (FMS) route for the artillery, which has not
inducted a new gun for the last 25 years.

Indian side is also likely to discuss the acquisition
of 10 C-17 heavylift transport aircraft and Javeline Missiles
from the US through the FMS route.

The American side is expected to push the case of its
two fighter aircraft in race for Indian Air Force`s 126
multi-role combat aircraft deal.

The meeting between two sides comes ahead of six-day
visit of Army Chief General V K Singh starting Monday.

In the last five years, defence relations have been
expanding between the two countries under the New Framework
for US-India Defence Relations.

The US undertakes the highest number of joint
exercises with India amongst all nations that includes the
navy-to-navy Malabar and SALVEX, army-to-army Yudhabhyas and
aerial `Cope-India` exercises.

PTI