Explained: What is US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative

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News:The ninth India-US Defence Technologies and Trade Initiative (DTTI) group meeting is scheduled to happen in New Delhi.

Facts:

About DTTI:

  • The Defence Technologies and Trade Initiative(DTTI) mechanism was launched in 2012.It is not a treaty or a law.  
  • It aims to include strengthening India’s defence industrial base, exploring new areas of technological development and expanding U.S.-India business ties.
  • The initiative is led by Undersecretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment from the United States and Secretary for Defence Protection from India.

What are its aims?

  • Transform the bilateral defense relationship into one that is limited only by independent strategic decisions rather than bureaucratic obstacles or inefficient procedures.
  • Strengthen India’s defense industrial base by moving away from the traditional buyer-seller dynamic toward a more collaborative approach.
  • Explore new areas of technological collaboration from science and technology cooperation through co-development and co-production.
  • Expand the U.S.-Indian business ties.