US keen to involve India in missile shield programme: Experts

Washington, Sept 19: Asserting that there was great potential for Indo-US defence cooperation, prominent strategic affairs experts said the US Administration was keen to involve India in the missile shield programme.

Washington, Sept 19: Asserting that there was great potential for Indo-US defence cooperation, prominent strategic affairs experts said the US Administration was keen to involve India in the missile shield programme.

"Many US officials are keen to involve New Delhi in US plans for a multifaceted missile shield," said John E Carbaugh, a Washington-based consultant in the latest issue of "India report."

He said senior Indian defence officials have also made a couple of trips to the US already this year to specifically talk about involvement in a missile shield.

"One of the most exciting areas for future US-Indian cooperation could be missile defence," said Frank Gaffney, head of the Centre for Security Policy, a non-governmental think tank in Washington.

"There are good reasons to proceed with missile defence cooperation. Pakistan's nuclear and missile capabilities are dependent on China for nuclear weapon and solid fuel technology and on North Korea for liquid fuel missile technology.

Bureau Report

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