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USAF, India Sign Agreement for Cooperative UAV Development; Kelli Seybolt Quoted

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Kelli Seybolt
Kelli Seybolt Deputy Undersecretary Air Force

The U.S. Air Force and its Indian equivalent have signed a partnership to jointly develop air-launched unmanned aerial vehicles.

The partnership supports the U.S.- India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative, which aims to promote cooperative research, technology exchanges and co-development between the two countries.

The initiative seeks to modernize the militaries of both countries through collaborative pursuits, which will include projects on avionics systems, launch technologies, propulsion, payload power and small UAVs. The two countries share a common goal of promoting freedom in the Indo-Pacific region, Seybolt noted.

“This co-development agreement further operationalizes India’s status as a major defense partner and builds upon our existing strong defense cooperation," said Kelli Seybolt, deputy undersecretary of the Air Force for international affairs.

Brig. Gen. Brian Bruckbauer, who leads the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation directorate, signed the agreement in behalf of the U.S., opposite Air Vice Marshal Narmdeshwar Tiwari who represented India.