Indian Air Force roundel on F16 & F18. Is it near?

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India-US relations are at an ever-time high in recent years and have put some nations at their toes for the growing friendship between the two nations. As an addition to the friendship, a top diplomat with US government has said that, US wishes to take bilateral trade and military co-operation to the next level with New Delhi.

“This is a dynamic relationship that hasn’t begun to see the potential yet,” Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice G Wells, told the press.

US Sec of State Rex Tillerson with Indian PM Narendra Modi

US also added that the growing ties would ease the sale of F-16 and F-18 fighters to India, both of them major contenders for the MMRCA deal that failed to lift off. Growing need for aircrafts for IAF will definitely boost its fighter sale, hopes the US.

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US is also advocating a quadrilateral trade co-operation with Australia, India and Japan to counter China’s growing dominance in trade sector with the CPEC and OBOR projects. India however hasn’t responded to the calls from press seeking clarity on the matter. It is to be believed that the issue was taken up with the Indian government during US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recently concluded visit to India.

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US have also praised India’s effort to war torn Afghanistan people. India has invested USD 2bn in Afghanistan and pledged for another USD1bn by 2020. The infrastructural and financial assistance India extended to Afghanistan is well received and demonstrates India as a valuable partner, said Wells.

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She also added that a possible dialogue can create the environment for the easy transfer of classified technology for the development of F-16 and F-18 fighters to India. This comes after Lockheed Martin drops clues on moving F-16 production line to India. Trump government have strongly agreed to the sale of F-16, F-18 fighters to India earlier on September. The classified technology transfer however was still kept under wraps.

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