Security deals on cards during Obama visit

India may strike deals on purchase of high frequency radars for monitoring cross border movement and equipment for surveillance and intelligence gathering during US President Barack Obama`s visit next month.

Updated: Oct 21, 2010, 22:24 PM IST

New Delhi: India may strike deals on
purchase of high frequency radars for monitoring cross border
movement and equipment for surveillance and intelligence
gathering during US President Barack Obama`s visit next month.

Officials said the Home Ministry`s wish list may also
include coast guard equipment, highly-sensitive sensor and
arms and ammunition.

"We need some high-valued surveillance and
intelligence gathering equipment. Some deal may be finalised
during Obama`s visit," an official said.

However, most of the India-US business agreements
which are likely to be signed during the American President`s
visit would be related to defence and other strategic matters.

Officials also made it clear that Amritsar and Agra
are still on the itinerary of Obama and no final decision on
his visit to the Golden Temple and Taj Mahal has been taken
yet.

"We are yet to hear the final word from the US
authorities but preparing for his visit to both the places.
Both Amritsar and Agra are still on his itinerary," the
official said.

The US President will arrive in Mumbai on November 6
and is then supposed to visit Amritsar before landing in
Delhi. But media reports had said that Obama may not visit
holy city due to "logistic" issues.

There have been reports that Obama`s team was facing a
ticklish question of what the President should use to cover
his head while visiting the Golden temple.

-PTI