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India & US: Key Indo-Pacific Stakeholders, Affirms Defence Secretary at INDUS-X Summit

The Defence Secretary lauded India's success stories in defence production, including shipbuilding and the development of advanced weaponry such as the Tejas multi-role fighter aircraft.

In a resounding affirmation of the robust partnership between India and the United States, Defence Secretary Shri Giridhar Aramane underscored the pivotal role both nations play in navigating the complex dynamics of the Indo-Pacific region. Speaking at the second edition of the INDUS-X Summit held on 21st February 2024 in New Delhi, Shri Aramane emphasized the shared values and common interests that bind the two countries as key stakeholders in the region.

“The Indo-Pacific stands at a pivotal moment in history, serving as the crossroad of global commerce, geopolitics, and security. In this landscape, India and the United States emerge as vital stakeholders, united by shared values and mutual interests,” stated Defence Secretary Aramane.

Highlighting the robust defence partnership between India and the United States, Shri Aramane referenced the Initiatives on Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET), a joint endeavour launched by Prime Minister Modi and President Joe Biden in 2022. He elaborated on the significance of iCET in establishing ‘Innovation Bridges’ across key sectors, including defence, through expos, hackathons, and pitching sessions.

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The Defence Innovation Bridge, a significant outcome of iCET, serves as a catalyst for collaboration between US and Indian startups in the defence sector, fostering innovation and technological advancements.

Shri Aramane also highlighted the introduction of Joint IMPACT Challenges, aimed at advancing defence and aerospace co-development and co-production initiatives collaboratively. He emphasized the role of startups in introducing fresh dimensions to the partnership.

Addressing the bilateral partnership in aerospace and defence sectors, Shri Aramane noted India’s increasing reliance on the United States for cutting-edge equipment and technology. He underscored India’s role as a key partner in the US Indo-Pacific strategy, leveraging its growing defence capabilities for regional stability.

The Defence Secretary lauded India’s success stories in defence production, including shipbuilding and the development of advanced weaponry such as the Tejas multi-role fighter aircraft. He emphasized the international recognition garnered by Indian defence products across the globe.

In his closing remarks, Shri Aramane urged India-US industry representatives and stakeholders to deepen the strategic bilateral partnership and harness the full potential of cooperation. He emphasized the pivotal role both countries can play in shaping the geopolitical landscape of the Indo-Pacific, promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the region.

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The Defence Secretary participated in the Capstone session of the INDUS-X Summit, joined by INDOPACOM Commander Admiral John C Aquilino and Amb. Atul Keshap, President of USIBC. The session, moderated by Mr. Rexon Ryu, President of The Asia Group, emphasized the crucial role of technological innovation in defence within the broader context of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership.

The second edition of the INDUS-X Summit, jointly organized by Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX), Ministry of Defence, India, and US Department of Defense (DoD), showcased the importance of technological innovation in defence within the broader context of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership.

Coordinated by US-India Business Council (USIBC) and Society of India Defence Manufacturers (SIDM), the Summit aimed to foster collective progress for defence industries across borders and propel the INDUS-X initiative forward.

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Pratham Gurung
Pratham Gurung
An avid movie buff who aspires to make it into the armed forces. Always had a knack for words so reading and writing are my favourite hobbies. Can debate on anything but not everything.
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