US In Talks With India Over Missile Defence Collaboration: Pentagon

Washington , 10 Feb -The US has discussed a potential missile defence collaboration with India, a top Pentagon official has said, underlining that Washington wants to build a “much deeper and broader relationship” with New Delhi.

Under Secretary of Defence for Policy John Rood, however, said that it is early to determine how far India, which already has substantial domestic missile defence capabilities, will go regarding the defence collaboration.

“We have talked to the Indians about missile defence as potentially an area as well to collaborate on. It”s early days to determine how far that will go,” Mr Rood said speaking at a think-tank in Washington on Thursday.

In 2018, the US granted India Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) status. India is the only South Asian country to get STA1 status and third Asian country after Japan and South Korea. The status eases India”s defence procurement from the US.

Last year, India and the US signed the COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement) to facilitate interoperability between the two militaries and sale of high end technology.