India-US: Defence Trade and Technology Initiative is the silent enabler

The Secretary, Department of Defence Production, Raj Kumar and the U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions and Sustainment, Ms Ellen Lord are scheduled to meet for the 10th edition of the Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) today the 15 September 2020.

Let us look at the various vicissitudes that DTTI has undergone in the eight years of its formation.

The Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) was formed in 2012 between the US and India, to enhance the bilateral relations in defence by venturing into the field of advanced defence research and development and manufacturing. The aim was to strengthen the US and India’s defence industrial base by moving away from the traditional “buyer-seller” dynamic toward a more collaborative approach.

This would be through exploring new areas of technological collaboration through co-development and co-production. Co-development of a defence product between two nation may not be a new concept, but formalising the process to execute multiple projects of co-development is an ambitious innovation.

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