Skip to comments.Security Pact Remains U.S.-India Hurdle
Posted on 11/16/2010 10:11:44 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Security Pact Remains U.S.-India Sticking Point
The Indian air force is exploring upgrade options for U.S. military aircraft that will be handed over without key capabilities in the absence of an agreement governing those systems.
The U.S. is withholding several subsystems until India ratifies the Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement, which governs current and future transfers of intelligence systems to India. India is not ready to commit to the security pact and instead is willing to take slightly less capable U.S. systems initially, expecting to backfill the missing features later.
The strategy will be tested when the Indian air force starts taking delivery of six Lockheed Martin C-130Js next month. They are the first U.S.-built aircraft the country has acquired in 40 years.
Taking the military transports with some features missing is controversial, but service leader Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik says it will not make a substantial difference to our operational capabilities.
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The biggest hurdle is to get India to null and void their cooperation treaty with Russia.India is unhappy with Russian sloppiness in handling large projects, like refurbishing an unfinished Cold War era carrier. This project has been a financial disaster for India.
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