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US designated India as America’s “major defense partner”

United State has designated India as America's “major defense partner”. Earlier this month US House of Representatives has passed the 2017 National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) to strengthen bilateral defense cooperation with India, including expanded military-to-military engagement, increased defence trade, and greater cooperation on technological development. Titled 'Enhancing defense and security cooperation with India,' Section 1292 of the NDAA asks the defence secretary and the secretary of state to take steps necessary to recognise India as America's major defense partner of the US. The act calls for approval and facilitation of transfer of advanced technology, consistent with US conventional arms transfer policy, to support combined military planning with India's military for missions such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counter piracy, freedom of navigation, and maritime domain awareness missions, and to promote weapons systems interoperability. Also other things it seeks to enhance cooperative military operations, including maritime security, counter-piracy, counter-terror cooperation, and domain awareness, in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-us-congress-clears-decks-for-india-to-become-key-defence-partner-2281217

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