US clears foreign military sales to India

US clears foreign military sales to India

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In its efforts to enhance India’s defence capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region, the Trump Administration has notified the Congress of its decision to approve foreign military sales worth 670 million dollars to support India’s C-17 military transport aircraft.The decision comes after a recent Indian request to buy equipment for C-17 follow-on support, to include spares and repair parts, support equipment, and personnel training and training equipment among others.

'India needs this follow-on support to maintain its operational readiness and ability to provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) assistance in the region,' the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said. India would have no difficulty in absorbing this support into its armed forces, it added.

The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the mobile capabilities of a major defensive partner.This partnership continues to be an important force for political stability, peace and economic progress in the regions, the statement said.