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Ashton Carter: U.S. Seeks Weapons Development Ties with India

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AshtonCarterThe United States is looking to  carry out a year-old defense trade agreement signed with India by stepping up cooperation in joint production and development of weapons, Reuters reported Thursday.

Andrea Shalal-Esa writes Deputy Defense Sec. Ashton Carter told reporters the deeper defense ties mean technology transfers and priority funding for joint research efforts in science and technology.

This could include collaboration toward producing the next variant of the Javelin, a Lockheed MartinRaytheon anti-tank missile; and General Atomics’ electromagnetic aircraft launcher, EMALS.

“Rather than simply buying this generation of Javelin, India would be able to… also co-develop and co-produce the next generation of Javelin for international buyers,” Carter said.

Reuters reports other areas up for discussion may involve counterterrorism and maritime security projects.

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