As a way of countering China’s growing influence and building ties with India, the US will promote the production and export of drones to regional neighbors in India. Delhi aspires to expand its own defense sector while diversifying its munitions, which are mostly made in Russia. India will build the aircraft and export them to other countries in its region
As America works to build ties with India in a bid to counter China’s growing influence in Asia and the world stage, a senior Pentagon official has revealed that the White House will partner with New Delhi to build and export drones to regional neighbors.
India and America have had a rocky relationship for many years, including earlier this year when India refused to bow to Western demands to unconditionally embargo Russian oil imports, but the growing threat of China has forced the two countries back together. In particular, Prime Minister Modi and former President Donald Trump built closer ties during their concurrent tenures.
In 2016, the United States designated India as a “major defense partner”, and since then, the two countries have signed agreements that facilitate transfers of top-grade arms and deepen military cooperation.