US President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are visiting India for the first time on 24th and 25th February 2020. Trump’s visit is expected to come along with a bundle of new defense contracts between the two countries. It is noteworthy that the US had declared India as its “Major Defence Partner” in June 2016. Followed by which the defense trade between the two countries rose to USD 18 billion in 2019. Since then the defense cooperation between the two sides has seen an upward trend. The new expected defense contracts are in line with the trend of increasing defense and security collaboration between India and the US.
Which defense contracts are expected to be inked on Trump’s India visit?
- US defense major Boeing may ink a deal with Indian Airforce (IAF) for supplying F-15EX Eagle fighter jets. Under this USD 18 billion contracts, Boeing may supply 114 fighter jets to IAF. Boeing says that it has already obtained the required export license from US authorities.
- The two countries may also ink the deal for the supply of MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters to the Indian Navy (IN). Under this USD 2.6 billion contract, the US will supply 24 multi-role MH-60R helicopters to IN. These helicopters will boost the Indian Navy’s anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare operations. The US has cleared the sale of MH-60R helicopters to India in April 2019.
- The US has also approved the sale of the Integrated Air Defence Weapon System to India (IADWS). The estimated cost of the contract is USD 1.9 billion.